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Aid Programmes

Volume 949: debated on Tuesday 2 May 1978

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list aid programmes within his Department's responsibility in which help is given to large rather than small businesses; if he will publish the lower thresholds for these programmes; and if he will make a statement.

Schemes of assistance are generally available to both large and small businesses, but there are sometimes limits of eligibility which could affect individual businesses differently. In view of the large number of aid programmes within my Department's responsibility the cost of providing details of all these schemes would be disproportionately high. If the hon. Member has any specific point in mind I shall be pleased to look into it.