HL Deb 22 March 1988 vol 495 c173WA
The Earl of Onslow

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they propose to make changes in the prices charged by the Agricultural Development and Advisory Service for its commercial services.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Baroness Trumpington)

My right honourable friend has instructed ADAS that the prices it charges for its commercial services should be adjusted from time to time taking account of changes in costs and the competitive position in the market place as well, of course, as the legal requirement that such charges must be reasonable. The first adjustments will be made from the beginning of the 1988–89 financial year.

The most familiar ADAS charges are perhaps those for advice. For these the hourly charge will remain at £28 (plus VAT) for up to two hours of advice, which will help to protect smaller farmers. However, if a contract necessitates over two hours of advisers' time, charges for the excess period over two hours will, from 1st April 1988, be levied at a rate of £30 (plus VAT) per hour.