§ 84. Mr. Hooson
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what plans he has to modify or enlarge the 78W scope of the Hill Cow Subsidy Scheme; and what steps he is taking to see that farmers recently rejected from the scheme, but who were formerly within it, are reinstated.
§ Mr. Peart
As my hon. Friend announced in the House last night, I have asked him to look at the present pattern of hill subsidies to see whether they could be rationalised or modified in any way in order to assist this important branch of the agricultural industry. Those farmers who were excluded from the hill cow subsidy last year are ineligible because their land was found to be suitable for more than livestock rearing; and it would be wrong to hold out the hope that this policy review will result in their reinstatement.