§ Miss Emma Nicholson
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what discussions are being held with the Department of Social Security to provide assistance for small farmers whose sole source of income is from sales of cattle at local markets and who are ineligible for family credit, unemployment benefit and income support. 
§ Mrs. Browning
No formal discussions have taken place between MAFF and DSS on the payment of benefits to small farmers whose income is dependent on the sale of cattle. A range of in work benefits is available to people, including small farmers, on low incomes. Eligibility will be dependent on the individual's specific circumstances. Farmers who think they might qualify should make inquiries at their local Benefits Agency office and apply in the usual way.