Grants, Cumberland (Unsettled Claims)

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd December 1957.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Peart Mr Thomas Peart , Workington 12:00 am, 2nd December 1957

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) how many farmers in the county of Cumberland have not yet received outstanding payments for grant-aided schemes;

(2) what is the sum of money outstanding to Cumberland farmers due to the delay in payment of statutory subsidies.

Photo of Mr Joseph Godber Mr Joseph Godber , Grantham

On 12th November, there were, in the Carlisle divisional office. 1,284 unsettled claims for grant from Cumberland farmers amounting to £110,250. In many cases inspection of work or livestock is necessary before grant can be paid. I am afraid that it is not practicable to calculate the sums outstanding to Cumberland farmers for subsidies which are paid from headquarters. I am not aware that there is any avoidable or unreasonable delay in making payment.

Photo of Mr Thomas Peart Mr Thomas Peart , Workington

Is the Minister aware that it is felt that the delay is too long and that hardship is created by it? Will he try to expedite this matter by consulting further with his local representative?

Photo of Mr Joseph Godber Mr Joseph Godber , Grantham

Yes, Sir, if we can find any evidence, and if the hon. Gentleman has any particular cases in mind. I shall be glad to look into them.