HC Deb 10 May 1934 vol 289 cc1271-2W

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he can state the increase in wheat acreage which has taken place in each of the counties in England and Scotland since the wheat quota was imposed; and whether he can give the deficiency payments which have been made in each of these countries?


The Wheat Act, 1932, no doubt had some effect in increasing the acreage planted to wheat for the 1932 crop as compared with the 1931 crop, and a still greater effect in the following year. Details of acreages by counties form a lengthy tables of figures, which I am sending to my hon. Friend. Figures for countries are as follows:

1931. 1932. 1933.
Acres. Acres. Acres.
England 1,180,907 1,270,514 1,639,106
Wales 15,794 17,430 21,283
Scotland 60,024 52,072 78,386
Total 1,246,725 1,340,016 1,738,775

Deficiency payments do not become payable until after the close of the cereal year on 31st July. Full payments have therefore been made in respect of one cereal year only, but three advances on account have been made in respect of the current cereal year. The amounts are as follows :

Deficiency Payments for Cereal Year ended July 31st, 1933. Advances on account of Deficiency Payment for Cereal year ending July 31st, 1934.
£ £
England 4,244,715 3,303,543
Wales 25,280 25,145
Scotland 235,169 155,133
Total 4,505,164 3,483,821

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