HC Deb 30 July 1976 vol 916 c450W
Mr. Beith

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he has any evidence to suggest that the exclusion of agricultural machinery used for contract hire from assistance under the EEC agricultural development programme is leading to an uneconomic use of such machinery.

Mr. Strang

Grant under the EEC's farm modernisation directive 72/59/EEC is restricted to items which have been purchased. I am not aware of any difficulties arising from this rule.

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