Hill Compensatory Allowances

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th November 1989.

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Photo of Mr Geraint Howells Mr Geraint Howells , Ceredigion and Pembroke North 12:00 am, 9th November 1989

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on discussions held with the European Community concerning hill compensatory allowances.

Photo of David Curry David Curry , Skipton and Ripon

We are firmly opposed in principle to Commission proposals that would discriminate against British farmers in the less-favoured areas, where they are essential to the welfare of our countryside.

Photo of Mr Geraint Howells Mr Geraint Howells , Ceredigion and Pembroke North

Can the Minister give an assurance that any withdrawal of FEOGA funds will be made up by the Government? Can he give a further assurance that the hill compensatory allowance for this year will be increased?

Photo of David Curry David Curry , Skipton and Ripon

We oppose the Commission's proposals in principle, and our first battle involves making certain that we impress on our negotiating partners the fact that we will not surrender a principle that is so important to us. All other issues are subsidiary to that.