HC Deb 15 March 1994 vol 239 c606W
Sir Roger Moate

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what has been the take-up in each of the last five years of orchard replanting grants; and if she will make a statement about the cessation of the scheme.

Mr. Jack

The amount of grant given in England for orchard replanting over the last five years is as follows:

Orchard replanting grants in England 1989 to 1993
Year Expenditure (£)
1989 216,683
1990 234,094
1991 345,998
1992 570,530
1993 518,898
Total 1,886,193

These grants were introduced essentially as pump-priming measures to improve the competitiveness of the United Kingdom orchard sector through the injection of capital for the replanting of apple and pear orchards. The objective of the scheme was that, after five years of assistance, the industry would be capable of self-sustaining development without further government intervention. A recent evaluation of the scheme carried out for us by the university of Leicester indicates that the grants were taken up by practically all of our target population. A report of the evaluation is available in the Library of the House.

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