§ The Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Mr. Alick Buchanan-Smith)
I have received reports of the effects of the winter weather. My right hon. Friend the Minister and the Secretaries of State for Scotland and Wales are now examining proposals from the farmers unions for further assistance to hill livestock producers.
§ Mr. Buchanan-Smith
We are very much aware of the concern, and the extra costs and losses which have been incurred, in these areas. I assure the hon. Gentleman that we shall be looking closely at the precise areas that he has mentioned.