§ Mr. Mulvey
asked the Minister of Agriculture the amount paid during the last financial year out of Treasury funds as subsidies to farmers in Northern Ireland under the Tillage Scheme for the production of food.
§ Mr. T. Williams
Farmers in Northern Ireland are not paid subsidies from the United Kingdom Exchequer directly under the Tillage Scheme, but in 1947–48 they received £271,444 from Imperial funds by way of ploughing grants made to increase the area under tillage. They were also paid £165,607 in the same year in contributions towards the cost of lime to improve the fertility of agricultural land, and benefit in addition from the stabilisation of the price of fertilisers at the 1940 level.