§ 45. Mr. Blaker
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement, giving figures up to the latest convenient date, on the extent to which the grants made available to horticultural growers under the Agriculture and Horticulture Act, 1964, are being taken up.
§ Mr. Hoy
The response to these grants continues to be encouraging. During the 18 months between 1st July, 1964, when the current Horticulture Improvement Scheme came into force, and 31st December, 1965, growers made almost as many 1293 applications as they made during the whole of the four years' life of the 1960 scheme. As the statistics of the various grants are complex I will, with permission, circulate them in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Mr. Blaker
While the Minister's reply confirms that the growers welcome the aid provided under Conservative legislation,
|SUMMARY OF PROGRESS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM TO 31ST DECEMBER, 1965|
|Horticulture Improvement Scheme||Horticultural Production Businesses||Horticultural Producers' Co-operative Marketing Businesses||Total||Monthly Average|
|Number of applications received:|
|(i) Under 1960 Scheme to 30.6.64||7,861||165||8,026||157|
|(ii) Under 1964 Scheme from 1.7.64 to 31.12.65||7,472||83||7,555||420|
|Number of applications approved||12,224||200||12,424|
|Estimated cost of approved proposals expected to qualify for one-third grant||£14.2 million||£1.7 million||£15.9 million|
|Estimated cost of proposals under consideration||£1.2 million||£0.4 million||£1.6 million|