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Agricultural Engineering Industry

Volume 80: debated on Wednesday 12 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if, in the light of his Department's recent paper entitled "A Strategy for Agricultural Research and Development," he will make a statement indicating the amount of funds to be allocated to the agricultural engineering industry in Scotland and the source of those funds.

My Department's strategy paper has been distributed widely as a consultation document and no decisions will be taken about the allocation of public funds for research and development in agricultural engineering work, or in any other subject area, until I have had the opportunity to consider responses to the paper. A further paper will be produced later this year outlining detailed proposals.I have no plans to allocate any funds to the agricultural engineering industry.