HC Deb 22 January 1981 vol 997 cc219-20W
22. Mr. Sheerman

asked the Minister of Agriculure, Fisheries and Food if he will take steps to promote co-operative enterprises in agriculture; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Buchanan-Smith

During the past year the Government have done a great deal to promote co-operation in agriculture. The life of the co-operative grant scheme has been extended and rates of grant have been increased substantially. The Central Council for Agricultural and Horticultural Co-operation has been re-organised to improve its effectiveness in encouraging co-operation and we have increased the funds available to the central council.