HC Deb 15 July 1985 vol 83 cc22-3W
Mr. Alton

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will name the broadleaved woods in the Forestry Commission's North West England Conservancy which received felling licence approval for conversion to agriculture between 1982–83 and 1984–85.

Mrs. Fenner

The information is as follows:

May; how much he expects to be provided for the same purpose in the year ending 31 May 1986; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. MacGregor

The Government have so far advanced £13.24 million to the Potato Marketing Board towards the cost of its 1984 crop support buying operations and £0.359 million as a final payment in respect of 1982 crop support. A final cost-sharing settlement for the 1984–85 season will be made when information is available about the United Kingdom cumulative average ex-farm price for the whole season, the total cost of support and the level of the board's financial resources. It is not possible to provide an estimate of the cost of market support for the year ending 31 May 1986. This will depend on the size of any surplus to be removed. Joint support arrangements for 1985–86 will be limited to 500,000 tonnes.

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