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§ EARL ST. ALDWYN rose to move, That the Draft Calf Subsidies (England and Wales and Northern Ireland) (Variation) Scheme, 1955, reported from the Special Orders Committee on the 27th of April last, be approved. The noble Earl said: My Lords, the purpose of this Instrument is to give effect to the decision announced in the White Paper on the Annual Review and Determination of Guarantees, 1955, to increase the rate of calf subsidy to £7 10s. Od. a head for calves born on or after 1st April, 1955; the rate of subsidy for calves born before that date is unchanged at £5 a head. Your Lordships will know that the Scheme which this Order varies applies to calves born between 1st October, 1951, and 29th October, 1955, and that my right honourable friend has announced his intention of laying before your Lordships a Scheme to continue this subsidy for another three years, which is the maximum period for which a Scheme may run. This draft Scheme will be laid before Parliament in due course. Your Lordships will remember that the purpose of the calf subsidy is to encourage the rearing of calves for the production of beef. The conditions of the Scheme remain unchanged. It is only the rate of subsidy that is now being increased. I beg to move.
§ Moved, That the Draft Calf Subsidies (England and Wales and Northern Ireland) (Variation) Scheme, 1955. reported from the Special Orders Committee on the 27th of April last, be approved.—(Earl St. Aldwyn.)
§ On Question, Motion agreed to.