Marginal Agricultural Production Grants

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th July 1959.

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Photo of Captain James Duncan Captain James Duncan , South Angus 12:00 am, 28th July 1959

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will make a statement on the future of marginal agricultural production grants which will be available to certain farmers in Scotland after 31st August.

Photo of Hon. John Maclay Hon. John Maclay , Renfrewshire West

I have had discussions with the Scottish National Farmers' Union on this matter, but I am not yet in a position to make a statement.

Photo of Captain James Duncan Captain James Duncan , South Angus

As the present scheme is to end on 31st August, will my right hon. Friend assure us, particularly those who are interested in this in Scotland, that a new scheme or an amended scheme will be announced before the next cropping season?

Photo of Hon. John Maclay Hon. John Maclay , Renfrewshire West

I hope very much that I shall be able to make a statement before very long. I am anxious to press on with it as quickly as I can.

Photo of Mr Thomas Fraser Mr Thomas Fraser , Hamilton

Does the Secretary of State recall that, when the Agriculture (Small Farmers) Act was before Parliament, we were given an assurance that this matter would be discussed with the National Farmers' Union at the time of the Annual Price Review, and we were led to believe, in all parts of the House, that there would be an announcement in March of this year? It is now nearly August.

Photo of Hon. John Maclay Hon. John Maclay , Renfrewshire West

If the hon. Gentleman studies the record—I do not remember the detail myself—he will find that it was clear that there were further discussions going on with the Scottish Farmers' Union after that.