HC Deb 13 April 1976 vol 909 cc451-2W
Mr. Sproat

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what discussions he is having with the EEC authorities regarding the support given by the French Government to the French fishing industry through channels other than that of a direct fuel subsidy; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Bishop

Under the EEC Treaty national aids which distort or threaten to distort competition are incompatible with the common market. The Treaty also places an obligation on member States to inform the EEC Commission of plans to grant or alter national aids, and the Commission is required, in conjunction with member States, to maintain a constant review of existing systems of aid The United Kingdom plays a full part in this review.

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