HC Deb 15 December 1960 vol 632 cc591-2
39. Mr. de Ferranti

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in view of the long-term advantages of machinery syndicates, when he will reach a decision on how the Farm Improvement Scheme can be extended to cover buildings required by such syndicates.

Mr. Soames

It would not be possible within the existing Statute to extend the Farm Improvement Scheme in this way.

Mr. de Ferranti

Is the Minister aware that a favourable decision could do much to increase farmers' incomes, and that, furthermore, in the long run it might even save the taxpayers some money? Will he therefore try to reach a decision as soon as possible?

Mr. Soames

I am aware of the problem underlying my hon. Friend's Question, but in the Question he referred to the Farm Improvement Scheme and I answered that it is not possible within the existing Statute to extend that.