HC Deb 24 July 1939 vol 350 cc1031-3W
Mr. Barnes

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will submit a statement showing the amount and form of assistance given from Exchequer funds to the Bacon, Potato and Fish Boards?

Sir R. Dorman-Smith

A loan of £144,000, for initial working expenses, was made to the Bacon Marketing Board from the Agricultural Marketing Fund on 26th June, 1934, and was repaid with interest at 3½ per cent. on 30th January, 1935.

No assistance from Exchequer funds has been given by my Department to the Potato Marketing Board or to a Fish Board.

The Herring Industry Board have received the following amounts as grants-in-aid through the Scottish Office:

(A) During the period 14th March, I935 to 31st March, 1938, under the Herring Industry Act, 1935:

(i) under Section 8 (a) 41,345
(ii) under Section 8 (b) 65,962

(B) During the period 1st December, 1938, to 31st March, 1939, under the Herring Industry Act, 1938:

(i) under Section 3 (1) 2,500
(ii) under Section 3(2) nil

In addition the board receive advances from time to time under Section 9 (3) of the Herring Industry Act, 1935, from the Herring Fund Advances Account. A full statement up to the 31st March, 1938, of the advances made to and the amounts repaid by the board is to be found in House of Commons Paper No. 14 of 7th December, 1938.