§ Mr. John Carlisle
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what financial assistance the Central Council for Agricultural and Horticultural Co-operation is providing in the formation of co-operatives in the current financial year; and what future financial assistance is envisaged.
§ Mr. Buchanan-Smith
Grants at a maximum rate of 75 per cent. are and will continue to be available under the agricultural and horticultural co-operation scheme towards the eligible costs, such as legal and registration expenses, incurred in the formation of co-operatives. So far in the current financial year one application for grant on formation costs of £500 has been approved.705W
In addition to grant-aid, considerable expert advice and assistance is given to new co-operatives by the central council's staff.