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Volume 116: debated on Friday 15 May 1987

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will state the achievements of the Government with regard to the horticulture industry.

The Government have set the climate in which the industry can prosper through capital grant to growers, including enhanced rates for heated glasshouses and orchard replanting; by the introduction of a new programme for EC grants for improved horticultural marketing and processing; by securing satisfactory safeguards for horticulture in various new trading arrangements; through its research and development programme, including the setting up of a horticultural development council for industry funded research; and by persuading the EC Commission to take action to prevent unfair competition from imports of semi-processed soft fruits and from the preferential gas prices to Dutch growers.