§ Mr. Speller
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will seek powers to reinstate grants for liming land.
§ Mr. Curry
Farmers taking out improvement plans under the Farm and Conservation Grant Regulations are already eligible for grant aid towards the cost of liming land where this is part of a programme of reseeding and regeneration. In the less-favoured areas lime treatment alone is eligible for grant where it can be demonstrated to be genuine restoration and not routine treatment. I have no plans to extend the grant aid to application of lime in other circumstances.