§ 22. Mr. W. Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what improvement grants, other than for land drainage, from water supplies, livestock rearing land schemes, silos, farm improvement schemes, and small farmers schemes, are available to Scottish farmers; and what steps he intends to take to ensure that all farmers are aware of the availability of all such grants.
§ Mr. Leburn
Improvement grants are also given under the Horticulture Improvements Scheme and the Crofters 1130 Agricultural Grants Scheme. My right hon. Friend is satisfied that existing methods of publicity by Press, radio and leaflet are adequate.
§ Mr. Hamilton
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that I am very much concerned to ensure that the farmer knows what he is entitled to? In view of the vast number of subsidies, it is very difficult for him to know which to apply for and when to apply for them. Would it not be much simpler to advise him what he cannot apply for?
§ Mr. Leburn
We all know that the hon. Gentleman is inimical to some of these grants given to agriculture, but that does not deter the Government from pursuing a policy which is doing a great deal to build up the assets of the nation and which is highly beneficial to British farming.