HC Deb 29 November 1955 vol 546 c2112
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.