§ Captain Kerby
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will take steps to rename the Farm Water Grant the Local Authorities Water Grant, in view of the fact that the money available is directed to their benefit rather than to farmers.
§ Mr. John Hare
I do not accept the suggestion that these grants are directed to the benefit of local authorities. The grant is paid to owners or occupiers of agricultural land in respect of the costs of installation of a farm water supply, and it is the farmers who derive benefit from the supply whether this is drawn from a public or a private source.