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Fishermen's Co-Operatives (Assistance)

Volume 35: debated on Thursday 27 January 1983

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will consider amending the Fisheries Act 1981 to enable Government financial assistance to be made available to fishermen's co-oparatives; and if he will make a statement.

My right hon. Friend is content that assistance for fishermen's co-operatives should continue to be available primarily from the Sea Fish Industry Authority under section 3(1)(f) of the Fisheries Act 1981. There is no intention to amend the Act to provide for direct Government financial assistance to fishermen's co-operatives.