§ Mr. David Steel
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will consider the case for an increase in real terms of the upland ewe subsidy.
§ Mr. Hugh D. Brown
The 1976 payments of hill livestock compensatory allowances include an increase of 60p per ewe as agreed at the 1975 Annual Review. Hill sheep farmers will also benefit from the higher guaranteed prices 443W for sheep and wool which were announced in March. The hill and upland sheep subsidy rates have been increased in real terms by 40 per cent. and 62 per cent., respectively, since the 1974 Annual Review.