HC Deb 06 February 1956 vol 548 c1339
59. Mr. F. Willey

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what amount has been paid this financial year by way of deficiency payments on pigs; and how much it is now estimated will be paid this financial year.

Mr. Nugent

The total amount paid by way of deficiency payments on pigs from the beginning of the financial year to 27th January, 1956, is £406 million. I cannot give a revised estimate for the whole year until the publication shortly of the Supplementary Estimates.

Mr. Willey

Whilst appreciating those reasons, may I ask whether, in view of the very high cost, the hon. Gentleman will expedite his consideration of a system of orderly marketing? He has complained about my calling this a muddle, but the Economistis now calling it a fantasia.

Mr. Nugent

We consider that the present system has worked fairly, both in the interests of the producer and of the consumer.

Captain Duncan

Would not my hon. Friend agree that the original Estimate, made for the purposes of the last Budget, was £76 million, and this shows a considerable reduction?

Mr. Nugent

That is so.

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