HC Deb 06 April 1939 vol 345 cc3007-8W
Mr. McGovern

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he can state the amount of subsidies to agriculture paid out of moneys provided by this Parliament to the Northern Irish Parliament?

Sir J. Simon

No subsidy to agriculture is paid at present to the Northern Ireland Government out of monies provided by Parliament. The following Exchequer payments have been made to the Government of Northern Ireland under the Milk Acts, 1934 to 1937:

1934 152,077
1935 136,776
1936 100,229
1937 31,898
1938 228

The statutory authority for the payments lapsed after 30th September, 1938.

The Cattle Subsidy, Lime and Basic Slag Subsidy and Oats and Barley Subsidy are payable direct to farmers in Northern Ireland and not to the Northern Ireland Government. Provision has been taken in the Estimates for the current year for the payment of the following amounts in Northern Ireland:

Cattle 221,800
Lime and Basic Slag 60,000
Oats and Barley 157,000

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