HC Deb 17 July 1980 vol 988 cc704-5W
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.

In addition to grant-aid, considerable expert advice and assistance is given to new co-operatives by the central council's staff.