HC Deb 30 May 1960 vol 624 cc974-5
10. Mr. P. Browne

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is satisfied that no adjustment is necessary in the lower potential man-day limit under the Small Farmer Scheme, in view of the 1960 Price Review; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John Hare

I am satisfied that no amendment of the Small Farmer Scheme is required as a result of the 1960 Annual Review. But as I said in my reply to my hon. Friend on 19th November, 1959, I have undertaken to review the present limits of eligibility for the Small Farmer Scheme in the light of the first year or two of operation. I intend to review the limits when we have more experience of the Scheme.

Mr. Browne

When my right hon. Friend makes his review, will he bear in mind that the whole standard set at the moment may be jeopardised if the guarantees for the small farmers' end-products continue to be cut?

Mr. Hare

Naturally I will bear that in mind. If my hon. Friend looks at the last Review he will see that three products which probably most affect the small farmer are dealt with in this way: the guarantee for eggs has been reduced, there is very little change in respect of milk, and the guaranteed price for pigs has been substantially increased.