§ 26 and 27. Mr. Sexton
asked the Minister of Agriculture (r) how much lime, by weight, has been bought by assistance from the Ministry since the land fertility scheme was inaugurated; and what is the Ministry's share towards the cost;
(2) what weight of lime has been bought by assistance from the Ministry in the county of Durham since the land fertility scheme was inaugurated; and what is the Ministry's share of the cost?
§ Mr. W. S. Morrison
In the period from 6th September, 1937, when the land fertility scheme came into operation, until 31st October, the quantity of lime in respect of which applications were made from all parts of the United Kingdom for Exchequer contributions under the scheme was 103,000 tons, on which the amount of contribution is estimated at£6o,000. The corresponding figures relating to applications received from the county of Durham are 800 tons and£470 respectively.
§ Mr. Sexton
Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that farrners are taking full advantage of this land fertility scheme?
§ Mr. Henderson Stewart
Is he satisfied that there is sufficient lime available to meet present requirements?
Is the Minister satisfied that there is sufficient to-day to meet the demand at the present moment?
§ Mr. Morrison
I have already answered a question on this matter. This very 19 large response to the scheme has resulted in a great spate of orders at this moment. I would remind the House that the scheme provides for assistange being continued for three years certain and two years thereafter by resolution of Parliament, and I ask the House to exercise a little patience in the present circumstances.