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Horticulture (Assistance)

Volume 978: debated on Monday 11 February 1980

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he remains satisfied that the Dutch Government's energy assistance to the horticulture industry is not unfair in relation to that given in other EEC countries; and if he plans to assist British growers.

We have no evidence that Dutch Government action in this regard is contrary to the competition rules of the Treaty of Rome. We already provide considerable financial assistance to the United Kingdom horticulture industry and we are keeping the matter under review.