§ 31. Mr. Fairbairn
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fischeries and Food if, in view of the fact that the present oil subsidy granted to the fishing industry expires on 30th June this year, he will make a statement on the future economic position of the industry.
§ Mr. Strang
We have received representations seeking an extension of the present scheme of temporary aid. They
'000 tones June-May years 1969–70 1970–71 1971–72 1972–73 1973–74 69 72 73 75 85
Estimates of United Kingdom output of the other major glasshouse vegetable crops are available only for heated and
'000 tons June-May years 1969–70 1970–71 1971–72 1972–73 1973–74 Cucumbers … … 34 33 38 34 30 Lettuce … … 18 21 21 24 28
§ Mr. Corbett
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was224W
are currently under urgent consideration. However, the future economic position of the industry depends on many factors as well as the temporary aid. They, too, are under urgent consideration and it would not be helpful to make a statement at this stage.
§ Mr. Geraint Howells
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is satisfied with the present state of the fishing industry; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Strang
I would refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave earlier this afternoon to the hon. Members for Haltemprice (Mr. Wall) and Kinross and West Perthshire (Mr. Fairbairn).