HC Deb 09 March 1944 vol 397 c2192
57. Sir Waldron Smithers

asked the Minister of Agriculture what is the total number of hill sheep in Great Britain which are eligible for the hill sheep subsidy; and will be give the figures by districts.

Mr. Hudson

The total number of sheep in Great Britain in 1942 in respect of which subsidy was paid, was approximately 4,127,000. The numbers in the principal hill sheep farming districts were:—

Scotland 2,240,000
Wales and Welsh Border Counties 985,000
Northern Counties 860,000
South-Western Counties 41,000
Similar figures for 1943 are not yet complete.

Sir W. Smithers

In view of the importance of these hill sheep, as a foundation for other flocks, will the Minister give an undertaking that no recommendations as to alterations of breed will be carried out without notice?