§ 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 497W mind the confidential nature of this Survey, it was not appropriate to consult organisations outside Government about the options being considered under it.