§ 10. Mr. Brewis
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food why the Boythorpe Harvest Store has been refused grant under the Farm Improvement Scheme if it was known that it was to be used for the storage of undried grain.
§ Mr. Scott-Hopkins
It was only recently that my right hon. Friend was satisfied that the storage of undried grain in sealed silos was a technique acceptable to the prudent landlord of the 1957 Agriculture Act. Accordingly all makes of sealed silo, not only the Boythorpe, were ineligible for farm improvement grant, unless of course they could justify their installation on a particular holding as a store for dried grain.
My right hon. Friend announced on 25th November that grain silos can now be considered for farm improvement grant, whether used for storing dried or undried grain, and this of course includes the Boythorpe.