§ 31. Captain Pilkington
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the comparative figures of food subsidies, including agricultural deficiency payments, paid out by the Government in 1946, 1951 and 1954.
§ Mr. R. A. Butler
The food subsidies, including production grants and subsidies administered by the Agricultural Departments and by the Board of Trade, amounted to £335.3 million, and £427.1 million in the financial years 1946–47 and 1951–52, respectively. The corresponding figure for 1954–55 is estimated at £330.8 million, including the agricultural deficiency payments for fatstock and cereals which were introduced in July, 1954.