HC Deb 26 November 1959 vol 614 cc541-2
11. Sir A. Hurd

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many projects for grant assistance under the Small Farmer Scheme have, so far, been approved; what are the main characteristics of the projects; and in which localities farmers are making most use of the scheme.

Mr. Godber

10,874 farm business plans had been approved in England and Wales at the end of October. A large proportion of these plans are concerned with improvement of grassland, better use of grass and greater intensity of stocking or less dependence on purchased feed. The greatest response to the Scheme has been in Wales and the South-West of England.

Sir A. Hurd

May we take it that the Minister of Agriculture is well satisfied with this early response? Will he consider giving us fuller details about the use of the scheme made in the different counties and state the items in HANSARD?

Mr. Godber

Yes, my right hon. Friend is very well satisfied with the progress, which I think is most encouraging. As to giving details, I would be glad to look into that, but perhaps it may be more convenient to wait till we have had twelve months of the scheme. However, I will look into my hon. Friend's suggestion.

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