HC Deb 18 June 1979 vol 968 cc401-2W
Mr. Watson

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in view of the fact that the current year's lambing season has proved exceptionally difficult for many farmers in less favoured areas, with rates of ewe survival down by over 10 per cent., whether he will consider an increase in hill compensatory allowances. dom at the present time; what were the corresponding figures for the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Buchanan.Smith

The quantities of the main categories of pigmeat moving into consumption in the United Kingdom are estimated in kilograms per head of population on an annual basis. The figures for the last five years are as follows: —

Mr. Buchanan-Smith

My right hon. Friends the Minister and the Secretaries of State for Scotland and Wales are considering a request from the farmers' unions for additional assistance to hill livestock producers, including increases in the rates of hill livestock compensatory allowances payable on sheep.