HC Deb 18 March 1952 vol 497 cc2091-2
38. Mr. Steward

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he is taking to restore the Highland beef-cattle industry in Scotland.

Mr. J. Stuart

Considerable development of cattle rearing in the Highlands is already taking place, and the Hill Lands (North of Scotland) Commission is seeking ways and means of expediting further development. The Hill Farming Act, as extended by the Livestock Rearing Act, provides 50 per cent. Government grant for approved schemes of rehabilitation and development on land suitable for the rearing of cattle and sheep. The Government, in formulating their long-term policy for agriculture, will pay particular attention to the possibilities of expanding beef production in the Highland areas.

Mr. Steward

Will my right hon. Friend agree that not so many years ago Scotland was producing most of the beef consumed in England until the cheaper Argentine supplies came along? In view of the great difficulties we are experiencing in obtaining meat, not only from the Argentine but also from other countries, will he continue to do his utmost to restore the once thriving Scottish beef industry?