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Fishing Industry (Aid)

Volume 984: debated on Monday 12 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he can now state the amount and allocation of that portion of the £3 million special aid for the fishing industry which will accrue to Northern Ireland.

Of the £3 million special aid for the United Kingdom industry, £1 million will be allocated towards a programme of explanatory voyages to assess the commercial potential for exploiting under-utilised species. This has not yet been finalised and tenders are still under consideration. Of the £2 million which will be made available to the United Kingdom fishing industry through the fish producers' organisations, £55,000 has now been allocated to the Northern Ireland Fish Producers' Organisation and £27,000 to the North Irish Sea Fish Producers' Organisation. The allocation of funds was determined on the value of each organisation's catch in 1979 as a percentage of the total United Kingdom catch.