§ Mr. Watkins
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will indicate the number of farm improvement schemes for Wales that have been received to date, the number approved, the number rejected because the 59W holdings are not considered to be economic, and the detailed amount of expenditure of the schemes approved.
§ Mr. John Hare
To the 31st October, 1958, the total number of applications received under the Farm Improvement Scheme in Wales and Monmouthshire was 5,639. Of these 2,428 had been approved. 377 applications had been rejected because the land, for the benefit of which the improvements were intended, was not considered capable of yielding a sufficient livelihood to a reasonably skilled occupier, even after improvement.
Details of the cost of approved schemes are:
Estimated Cost £ Farm Buildings 1,145,387 Sewage Disposal 6,331 Roads, Bridges, etc. 46,252 Electricity 43,259 Pens and Accommodation for Dipping etc. 6,504 Fencing, Walls and Gates 39,522 Cattle Grids 2,273 Reclamation of Waste Land 733 Shelter Belts 83 Removal of Hedges 8,871 Claying and Marlying 510 Other items 37,517 £1,337,242