HC Deb 26 November 1958 vol 596 cc58-9W
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 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