HC Deb 23 January 1951 vol 483 cc22-3
40. Major McCallum

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if a decision has been reached regarding the rate of hill sheep breeding ewe subsidy for the current year; and on what basis it is to be paid.

Mr. T. Fraser

No, Sir. The question is under consideration. Payment of subsidy will be calculated on the number of eligible sheep in the flock at 4th December, 1950.

Major McCallum

Will the hon. Gentleman bear in mind that the hill farmers have been through a very bad summer and that already this winter there has been very hard weather, and that if he can make a statement as early as possible he will enable the hill farmers to make plans well ahead?

Mr. Fraser

Yes, consultations are going on just now, and we shall make a statement as soon as possible.