§ 7. Mr. P. Browne
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what difference there has been in the amount of subsidy paid in respect of lime and its spreading since the higher contribution for summer liming was abandoned in favour of a flat rate all the year round.
The estimated subsidy expenditure for the year 1960–61, which finishes at the and of this month, is £81 million in respect of about 5½ million tons of lime. For the previous year the figures were £11 million in respect of 7 million tons of lime. The main reason for this fall was the very wet season which set in from the summer of last year and which hampered liming and, indeed, most farming operations.