§ Mr. John Hill
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what use is being made of the provision for payment of grant on standard costs under the farm improvement scheme.
§ Mr. John Hare
This provision was only introduced at the end of April, but already, during June, 20 per cent. of the applications approved in England and Wales were wholly or partly in respect of standard costs; and standard costs accounted for over 10 per cent. of the total cost of approvals. These early figures make it clear, as we hoped, that the provision made is proving helpful to applicants for grant under the farm improvement scheme.