HC Deb 29 November 1995 vol 267 c735W
Mr. Llwyd

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the current level of subsidy and grant aid for the use of lime as an agriculture fertiliser; what was the level in(a) 1965 and (b) 1970; and if he will make a statement. [2527]

Mr. Boswell

There have been no subsidies or grant aid available for the use of lime as an agriculture fertiliser since 1976. The level of subsidy in the financial year 1964–65 was £9.9 million and in 1965–66 £8.1 million. Subsidies in the financial years 1969–70 and 1970–71 totalled £4.6 million and £5 million respectively. Lime can be beneficial in certain circumstances and decisions on its application are for farmers and growers. We see no need to subsidise its use.