HC Deb 03 April 1968 vol 762 c337
1. Mr. Brewis

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what grants are available towards the cost of installations to purify and dispose of farm waste.

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Mr. John Mackie)

Installations for disposing of farm waste are eligible for agricultural investment grants or can qualify for grant under the Farm Improvement Scheme if they satisfy the tests of the Scheme.

Mr. Brewis

Am I not right in thinking that a much higher grant, amounting to about 60 per cent., is paid to local authorities which undertake this sort of work? In view of the great cost of many of these schemes, will the hon. Gentleman consider including them in the drainage grant?

Mr. Mackie

No, Sir. As far as we can see from the number of schemes before us, the grant seems to be sufficient to attract a lot of farmers to go in for it. But I shall look at the point which the hon. Gentleman has raised regarding the local authorities.

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