§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is the number of grant applications from Wales to date in the current year under the dairy herd conversion scheme; and what is the estimated financial cost of these grants.
§ Mr. John Morris
The closing date for applications for grant under this Scheme was 31st December 1974 and it was a condition of approval that milk sales should cease by 30th June 1975. Four hundred and three applications from producers in Wales have been approved during the current year and first instalments of grant amounting to £785,869 have been paid. The first instalment is equal to half the total amount due. The FEOGA reimbursement amounts to 50 per cent. of eligible expenditure.