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Nitrate Vulnerable Zones

Volume 497: debated on Wednesday 14 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what grants his Department makes available for the construction of slurry storage in nitrate vulnerable zones. (292404)

We are not intending to provide a capital grant scheme for the construction of slurry stores. Past experience has shown that this may simply increase supply prices and merely postpone the impact of market forces.

Slurry storage facilities are eligible for plant and machinery allowances such as the annual investment allowance, capped at £50,000 per year. Slurry pits also qualify for allowances in their own right under the Capital Allowances Act 2001.