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Glasshouse Industry

Volume 982: debated on Tuesday 1 April 1980

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what assistance is provided to the glasshouse industry in the European Community especially in the Netherlands, the Federal Republic of Germany and France; and whether Britain intends to match the subsidies provided or to take steps in the Council of Ministers to remove them.

The EEC Commission has been analysing State aids and fuel prices in the glasshouse sector and is to report to the Council of Agriculture Ministers in the near future. My right hon. Friend will pursue any distortions of trade which this study reveals. We already provide considerable assistance to horticulturists, including the glasshouse sector, and are.keeping the situation under review.