HC Deb 06 June 1996 vol 278 c549W
Mr. Barry Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how he will assist beef farmers in respect of cattle under 30 months old; and if he will make a statement. [31140]

Mr. Gwilym Jones

The beef special premium and suckler cow premium schemes are available to assist beef producers. I have arranged for payments of subsidies to Welsh beef producer to be accelerated and over £66 million—representing 90 per cent. of livestock payments—was paid during April 1996. In addition, the Commission is recommending supplementary payments under these schemes which the Agriculture Council is considering this week.