HC Deb 09 February 1995 vol 254 cc354-5W
Mr. Beggs

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when application forms for financial instrument for fisheries guidance grants will be made available for the period 1994 to 1999; and for what reasons application forms are not available in January.

Mr. Ancram

The United Kingdom fisheries sectoral plan under Council regulation No. 3699/93 was not approved by the European Commission until 29 December. It will be necessary to introduce secondary legislation to provide the UK national or regional aid required to trigger EU aid and advise interested parties when the scheme is open for application. We are proceeding with the implementation as quickly as possible, including the preparation of application forms.

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