§ Sir G. RENTOUL
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether any European countries give direct financial assistance by way of subsidy or otherwise to their fishing industries; and, if so, what is the basis or annual amount of such assistance in each case?
§ Mr. N. BUXTON
Both the German and the Danish Governments appear to give assistance to their respective fishing industries by means of loans, varying in amount from year to year, chiefly for the purpose of the provision of fishing vessels and fishery equipment. According to my most recent information, neither Belgium, France, Holland nor Norway gives direct assistance to fisheries. With regard to the second part of the question, I am informed that in 1926, the latest year for which I have figures, loans were advanced for various purposes in Germany up to a total amount of 1,60,000 marks. I am unable to give an inclusive figure for Denmark. If the hon. Member desires further details and will let me know, I shall be happy to arrange for the available information to be placed at his disposal.