§ Mr. Barry Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how he will assist beef farmers in respect of cattle under 30 months old; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Gwilym Jones
The beef special premium and suckler cow premium schemes are available to assist beef producers. I have arranged for payments of subsidies to Welsh beef producer to be accelerated and over £66 million—representing 90 per cent. of livestock payments—was paid during April 1996. In addition, the Commission is recommending supplementary payments under these schemes which the Agriculture Council is considering this week.