§ Sir John Farr
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what new measures he is taking to improve returns to specialist beef producers.
§ Mr. Curry
In October, Ministers announced that some £74 million would be made available to specialist beef producers in 1991–92 through the suckler cow premium scheme. The hill livestock compensatory allowance scheme continues to provide assistance to producers of beef cattle in the less favoured areas. Beef producers could also be eligible for assistance under the new group marketing grant scheme which is currently being finalised and will be introduced in April.