HC Deb 21 June 1993 vol 227 cc74-6W
Mr. Tyler

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what financial support she plans to provide for those farmers deprived of sheep quota after the national reserve is exhausted; and if she will make a statement;

(2) when she expects to announce details of the distribution of reserve sheep quotas;

(3) if she will publish, on a regional basis, the number of farmers deprived of quota as a result of the new sheep quota regulations.

Mr. Jack

[holding answer 17 June 1993]: Producers who received sheep annual premium in 1991 and claimed in 1992 have an automatic entitlement to sheep quota. Where producers are not covered by the automatic rules, they will be able to apply for quota to the national reserve, if they fall into certain priority categories. All farmers, including those who are unsuccessful in obtaining quota from the national reserve, will be able to acquire quota through the transfer and leasing provisions the Government have negotiated. It is expected that details of the distribution of the national reserve quota for sheep will be made available later in the summer.