§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received concerning the need to revise the beef variable premium scheme in order to remove the anomaly of the "ceiling" on the amount of premium paid, in view of its detrimental effect on beef producers in Wales.573W
§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
The National Farmers Union and the Farmers Union of Wales have made representations concerning the revision of the current ceiling of 7.32p/kg liveweight on the amount of the beef variable premium payable. Such a revision would need to be considered in the light of the other measures available for the support of the beef industry.