asked the Minister of Agriculture for how many acres of permanent pasture have applications been received to plough up and qualify for the subsidy of £2 per acre; and how many of those acres have already been got ready?
§ Sir W. Womersley
Up to the present date notifications of intention to plough up grassland under the Government's scheme have been received in respect of approximately 104,000 acres. I am unable to say what proportion of this acreage has already been ploughed up, but it is evident from the notifications received that a substantial proportion has already been, or is now being ploughed. My hon. and gallant Friend will appreciate that ploughing up alone will not necessarily render the land eligible for the proposed Government grant.