HC Deb 05 February 1985 vol 72 cc496-7W
Mr. Kirkwood

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what consultations he had with representative bodies from the land drainage industry or the National Farmers' Union before announcing the recent reductions in capital grant for land drainage.

Mrs. Fenner

The grant rate changes were made as a result of the latest public expenditure survey. Bearing in mind the confidential nature of this Survey, it was not appropriate to consult organisations outside Government about the options being considered under it.