§ Dr. Roger Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will take further measures to help marginal land farmers in Wales, after the recent inclement winter months; and if he will press for the Common Market assistance to be made available to such farmers.
§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
All farmers and growers in Wales who suffered exceptional loss or distress as a result of the recent inclement weather were invited to apply for emergency assistance which has been provided from the European Commission disaster fund.
Agriculture Ministers are now seeking to make the United Kingdom case for extending the less favoured areas as watertight as possible. Once this has been done the case will be vigorously pursued in Brussels.