§ Mr. McGrady
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps will be taken to prevent the erosion of hill livestock compensatory allowances and restore the HLCA rates to 1992–93 levels; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Ancram
The recently announced decision that HLCA rates for 1995 would remain at their 1994 levels was taken following the Government's completion of the annual review of economic conditions in the hills and uplands. The rates announced apply throughout the United Kingdom. The same procedure will apply again next year.