HC Deb 16 January 1975 vol 884 cc668-9
18. Mr. David Steel

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will now review the assistance available to agricultural interests, with a view to offsetting the financial impact of the Budget in rural areas.

Mr. Bishop

We are examining the economic condition and prospects of the industry in the course of the Annual Review of Agriculture, which has now started, and we shall be looking closely at the level of support provided to the industry.

Mr. Steel

Is the Minister's Department considering the possibility of extending the regional employment premium to agriculture? Such an extension would help greatly in the development areas.

Mr. Bishop

The hon. Gentleman will recognise that that is not a matter for my Department.

Mr. Michael Marshall

Will the Minister say when we can expect to have an announcement on the continuation of the oil subsidy for the glasshouse industry?

Mr. Bishop

At this stage I do not have anything to add to what I said in an Adjournment debate on 20th December. The matter is under review.