HC Deb 09 February 1971 vol 811 cc88-9W
55. Mr. W. H. K. Baker

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what reduction his recent announcement on staffing will achieve in administrative costs within his Department, and also in those falling on farmers generally.

Mr. Prior

The reduction in my Department's administrative costs is estimated at some £1½–3 million annually. The effect on farmers' administrative costs will vary; but the simplification of Departmental procedures, and the streamlining of some grants should save farmers' time and administrative costs.

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