§ 66. Mr. N. Macpherson
asked the Minister of Agriculture why the Agricultural Lime Department, United Kingdom, rejected the application of members of the Limestone Federation for a flat increase in haulage rates of 10 per cent. to cover the extra costs resulting from the rise in the price of petrol, and only allowed increases decreasing from about 8 per cent. on the shortest hauls down to nil on the longest hauls
Mr. T. Williams
I have not been able to trace any formal application from members of the Limestone Federation or from the Federation itself for a flat increase in haulage rates of 10 per cent. for lime on which subsidy is paid. The recent revision of the Agricultural Lime Department's schedule of maximum road haulage charges was based on the 7½ per cent. increase considered appropriate for Road Haulage Executive rates. This increase is allowed in full on hauls up to 40 miles and in a decreasing ratio on hauls of between 41 and 70 miles.