HC Deb 26 June 1956 vol 555 cc26-7W
67. Mr. Woodburn

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he is taking to make known the possibilities of developing rough hill grazings, bogs and peat land on the lines proved to be successful by Mr. Hobbs of Fort William, Mr. A. Allan of Muirfad, Mr. Taylor of Philorth and Dr. Smith of Birkhill; and what assistance from the Government is available for farmers unable to bear the initial expense of land recovery.

Mr. J. Stuart

Advice on such development is given by the Advisory Service of the Agricultural Colleges and by periodic articles in "Scottish Agriculture" and bulletins and leaflets issued by my Department and the colleges.

Assistance is available as part of a comprehensive rehabilitation scheme under the Hill Farming and Livestock Rearing Acts. Further, under the Marginal Agricultural Production Schemes, assistance is available for the cropping and direct reseeding of marginal land, for the regeneration of rough grassland and for the reclamation of derelict or semi-derelict land. Other subsidy schemes with a bearing on this matter are the ploughing grants, and the lime, fertiliser, cattle and calf subsides.