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Boatbuilding Industry

Volume 974: debated on Wednesday 21 November 1979

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if, in view of the plight of the fishing boat industry, and in view of the limited funds available to the fishing authorities which allocate the funds to fishermen for boatbuilding and repairs, he will make further funds available to ensure the future of boatbuilding yards.

The provision of finance for the fishing industry, over and above the extension to 1980–81 of the scheme to provide grants and loans through the White Fish Authority, to which I referred in my reply to my hon. Friend on 20 November—[Vol. 974, c. 96–97]—will be considered in the context of the Government's general policy on public expenditure and in the light of the outcome of current negotiations on the common fisheries policy.