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Horticulture (Glasshouse Sector)

Volume 887: debated on Monday 3 March 1975

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will provide details of Government financial assistance to glasshouse growers in all EEC countries, including the United Kingdom in which there is a glasshouse horticultural industry, as from 1st January 1975.

It would be impracticable to list in detail all the different forms of assistance given to glasshouse growers in the EEC countries. I assume, however, that my hon. Friend is chiefly interested in temporary fuel oil subsidies and I shall be writing to him about them. Although the subsidies are being continued beyond 31st December 1974 in some EEC countries, it has not been established that the total aid given in any of these countries will be more generous than the assistance given to British growers.