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Fisheries: Subsidies

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to subsidise fuel for British fishing fleets; and if he will make a statement. (204093)

[holding answer 8 May 2008]: It is not Government policy to subsidise fuel costs, including for commercial fishing vessels. Such subsidies can lead to over capacity, distort business decisions, act against the long term interests of the industry, can be discriminatory, and are not sustainable.

The emphasis of any aid to the fishing industry should be on building a sustainable future and that is where we are directing our efforts.