§ Sir J. Gilmour
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether investment grants for tractors and agricultural machinery in Scotland will now be paid three months earlier than previously announced.
§ Mr. Ross
It is now proposed that grant on harvesters will be payable 15 months after purchase, not 18 months as previously announced. Grant on tractors will still be payable in two instalments, one year and two years, respectively, after purchase. Grant on fixed plant and 349W machinery will be payable as soon as practicable after the purchase is made. It may not, however, be possible to achieve these dates in all cases since the grants will operate retrospectively to 17th January, 1966, and no payments can be made until the Agriculture Bill becomes law.