HL Deb 15 December 1997 vol 584 c67WA
Lord Roberts of Conwy

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What steps they propose to take to assist farmers suffering from falling incomes as a result of the strong pound and the BSE crisis.

Lord Donoughue

We are considering what further action might be necessary to alleviate the position of farmers affected by currency movements and other developments affecting income.

Offering new funds to fanners—even with reimbursement from the EU budget—carries significant implications for UK public expenditure.