HC Deb 19 November 1987 vol 122 cc661-2W
53. Mr. Hind

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the condition of the horticulture industry growing produce in greenhouses.

Mr. Donald Thompson

Overall, the market is firm; the enhanced capital grants for replacement have helped the industry modernise its glass; and lower heating costs and favourable exchanges in recent years have helped make our growers more competitive. Despite the setback from the recent storm damage in the south, I believe that longer-term prospects are good.

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