HC Deb 09 December 1935 vol 307 cc566-7W

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can make a statement showing the total annual subvention to agricultural interests in this country during the last calculable 12 monthly period, including the wheat deficiency payments, sugar-beet subsidy, meat subsidy, local taxation relief, milk grants, and any other payments or relief through the Ministry of Agriculture, the Department of Agriculture for Scotland, the Development Commission, or any other body; and whether, in view of the declared policy of the Government, it is the intention that any future payments will be made subject to some family or individual means test?


I will give a table showing the amounts paid in the last completed year under the Wheat, the Cattle

Service. Period covered. Amount.
Wheat Act, 1932—Deficiency payments to registered growers Cereal year ended 31st July, 1935. 6,813,830(a)
Cattle Industry (Emergency Provisions) Acts, 1934 and 1935—Payments to producers. Year ended 30th September, 1935. 3,674,000(a)
Milk Act, 1934—Payments to Milk Marketing Board, etc. 1,800,000(c)
British Sugar (Subsidy) Acts—Subsidy on Sugar and molasses manufactured from beet grown in Great Britain. Year ended 30th September, 1935. 4,422,672(b)
(a) Includes Scotlaad and Northern Ireland.
(b) Includes Scotland.
(c) Includes Scotland and Northern Ireland (approximate total).
* The latest period of 12 months in the case of each service under this Act.