§ Mr. Willey
asked the Minister of Agriculture the estimated food subsidies administered by his Department, given separately, for the purpose of the Supplementary Estimate dated 7th February, 1955.
I assume that the hon. Member is referring to the four agricultural subsidies and the white fish subsidy which were included in the figure of "Total Food Subsidies" appended to the Ministry of Food Estimate prior to 1954–55. It has not been necessary to present a Supplementary Estimate in respect of these subsidies for the current year, although a saving expected in payments of the white fish subsidy in England and Wales and Northern Ireland has been included in the Supplementary Estimate for fishery grants and services (Class VIII, 4).
Following are the revised estimates of actual payments during 1954–55, including expenditure in Scotland:
£ million Attested Herds Scheme (G.B.) Class VIII, 2, Subhead G and Class VIII, 3, Subhead D.1 (a) (iv) less part of Subhead Z (4) 11.85 Fertilisers subsidy (U.K.) Class VIII, 2, Subhead A. 12.6 White fish subsidy (U.K.) Class VIII, 4, Subhead A.2 and Class VIII, 13, Subhead C.2 2.22 Ploughing grants (U.K.) Class VIII, 2, Subhead C and Class VIII, 12, Subhead B.1 5.255 Calf subsidy (U.K.) Class VIII, 2, Subhead I and Class VIII, 12, Subhead, B.7 7.27 39.195