HC Deb 12 June 1939 vol 348 cc910-1W
Mr. T. Smith

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he will give a list of the various industries that are receiving Government subsidies; the date that each subsidy came into force; the cost of each subsidy per annum; and the total amount disbursed up to the last available date?

Captain Crookshank

The following table gives certain information in regard to the subsidies at present payable from public funds to industries and branches of industry. It is not, however, possible to state the cost of each subsidy in the form of an annual liability as the statutes under

Year in which subsidy payments commenced. Provision in 1939 Estimates. Payments up to 31st March, 1939.
£ £
Beet Sugar 1925 3,000,000 42,712,104
Cattle Industry, payments to producers 1934 4,265,000 18, 114,794
Milk 1934 492,910 5,696,861
Land Fertility Improvement 1937 1,500,000 1,961,513
Bacon Industry 1939 425,010*
Oats and Barley 1938 930,000 164,868
Herring Industry 1934 73.450 109,807
Civil Aviation 1921 2,000,000 5.952.749
* Against this provision, receipts of £are anticipated.

Information as to the probable cost of proposed further measures of assistance to agriculture, in respect of sheep, oats and barley, and to the shipping industry was given on 5th June in reply to a question by the hon. Member for East Rhondda (Mr. Mainwaring).

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