HC Deb 02 May 1950 vol 474 cc1561-2
26. Mr. Snadden

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is now in a position to announce details of the schemes for assistance in the purchase of fertilisers for grassland and marginal land and for the extension of marginal land production in Scotland as has already been done for England and Wales.

Mr. T. Fraser

These details are at present being worked out in consultation with the N.F.U. and other interests. Statutory schemes to give effect to the proposals will, of course, require to be submitted to Parliament for approval.

Mr. Snadden

Would it not have been possible to make an announcement at the same time as the Minister's announcement in regard to England and Wales, and so save the great delay that has taken place?

Mr. Fraser

No, Sir, for the reason that the representatives of the National Farmers' Union in Scotland took the view that the scheme agreed for England and Wales was not one which could be suitably applied to Scotland, and they wish to work out with the Department of Agriculture details of a scheme which could be properly applied in Scotland.