§ Miss Maynard
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he will state the total expenditure by way of grant-aid on land reclamation in the Province, the area of land which has been reclaimed, and the number of farmers or landowners who have benefited, in respect of each of the years 1980 to 1986, under each of the following schemes: (1) the farm capital grant scheme, (2) the farm and horticulture development scheme. (3) the agricultural and horticultural grant scheme, (4) the agricultural and horticultural development scheme, and (5) the agriculture improvement scheme (EC).
§ Mr. Viggers
[pursuant to his reply, 11 May 1987, c. 27]: The expenditure per scheme (where appropriate) for the financial years 1980–81 to 1985–86 inclusive is:333W
Year and scheme Number of payments Grant paid 1982–83 Farm and Horticulture Development 613 289,213 Agricultural and Horticultural Development 10 11,445 Farm Capital Grant 1,333 487,548 Agricultural and Horticultural Grant 1,149 349,551 TOTAL 3,105 1,137,757 1983–84 Farm and Horticulture Development 456 192,449 Agricultural and Horticultural Development 21 15,838 Farm Capital Grant 606 203,872 Agricultural and Horticultural Grant 1,534 347,453 TOTAL 2,617 759,612 1984–85 Farm and Horticulture Development 363 178,516 Agricultural and Horticultural Development 60 45,061 Farm Capital Grant 294 101,059 Agricultural and Horticultural Grant 1,898 748,914 TOTAL 2,615 1,073,550 1985–86 Farm and Horticulture Development 184 60,419 Agricultural and Horticultural Development 101 80,373 Farm Capital Grant 11 4,490 Agricultural and Horticultural Grant 1,256 954,639 TOTAL 1,552 1,099,921
The area of land which has been reclaimed and the number of farmers or landowners who have benefited could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. The above table gives the number of payments, which will exceed the number of individual beneficiaries as farmers may submit a number of claims per item of expenditure.