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Co-Operative Ventures

Volume 13: debated on Thursday 26 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will list in the Official Report the assistance available for co-operative ventures; and if he will introduce legislation to provide for grant aid for co-operative manufacturing enterprises.

Co-operatives are, of course, entitled to whatever assistance is available to other forms of business, such as the loan guarantee scheme.We have no plans at present to introduce legislation to provide grant aid for co-operatives.The Government have agreed to provide a further £600,000 for the Co-operative Development Agency, but there are no other specific Government schemes of assistance for co-operative enterprises.