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Temporary Aid Scheme

Volume 984: debated on Thursday 8 May 1980

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many applications for aid have been received for exploratory voyages under the temporary aid scheme.

to woodland owners, the administration of grant schemes, felling licensing and plant health, and a proportion of its expenditure on research.

Tenders have been received in respect of 179 vessels. In a number of cases the owners have asked to be considered for more than one programme of voyages.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing the division of the sums allocated under the £2 million temporary aid scheme, by ports.

Given the nature of the scheme, under which funds are directed to the industry through fish producers' organisations, it is not possible to express the benefit to the industry in terms of benefits to particular ports.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what preparations are being made for the extension and increase of the temporary aid scheme when it expires in September if there has been no agreement on a common fisheries policy.

The Government will continue to keep the various programmes of assistance to the fishing industry under review taking account of all relevant factors.