§ Mr. Logan
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he has asked for any report from the Government of Northern Ireland of the new acreage applied for, and that actually ploughed under the subsidy conditions; what acreage ploughed has been refused the subsidy, and the reasons given therefor; and whether the £2 an acre grant will be paid in Northern Ireland upon the same conditions as in England and Wales?
§ Sir R. Dorman-Smith
The answer to the first part of the Question is in the negative. I am informed, however, that, up to 13th January, applications had been238W received for the grant of £2 per acre for ploughing up seven-year grassland, covering approximately 160,000 acres in Northern Ireland, but figures are not yet available as to the area of land actually ploughed. I have no information as to the acreage, if any, which has not qualified for the grant. The grant will be paid in Northern Ireland on precisely the same conditions as apply in England and Wales.