Marginal Land Cultivation

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons on 17th November 1942.

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I have already indicated that, in Scotland, the class of farm which is mainly in need of assistance of this kind is that which is devoted to stock rearing. The goods and services scheme will not suffice to enable such farms to make the maximum contribution to food production. In the case of the hill sheep farm, where little can be done in the direction of extensive renovation of land under war conditions, the economic difficulties are being met in the meantime by direct subsidy. In addition, however, encouragement has been given to the keeping of cattle on hill grazings by the scheme which has been in operation since May, 1941, for a subsidy of £2 per annum for three years for each breeding cow kept on the hills under certain conditions.