HC Deb 05 June 1957 vol 571 cc114-5W
Mr. Baldwin

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what the wheat deficiency payment will be for the period from 1st March to 30th April. 1957; and when it will be paid.

Mr. Amory:

The ascertained average price for about 7 million cwt. of millable wheat despatched on delivery in the United Kingdom during the Fourth Accounting Period (1st March to 30th April, 1957) of the cereal year 1956–57 is 22s. 6.8d. per cwt.

The standard price for the period is 32s. ld. per cwt. and the deficiency payment will. therefore, be 9s. 6·2d. per cwt. (£9 10s. 4d. per ton). In addition, approximately 195,000 cwt. of wheat brought up to millable standard after sale will be included in the payment.

Except for a few certificates which are under query, the total payment of £3.42 million to about 24,000 growers will begin at once and will be completed by the end of June.