HC Deb 08 February 1999 vol 325 cc99-100W
Mr. Wigley

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if commercial aquaculture ventures are eligible for EU aquaculture development grants in Wales; and what changes to procedures relating to the availability and administration of these grants his Department has introduced for the coming year. [68840]

Mr. Jon Owen Jones

Commercial aquaculture projects in Wales are eligible for EU grants under the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG), and the administration of the FIFG scheme will be unchanged for the coming year.

I am currently considering applications for aquaculture grant against the competing priorities under other grant schemes and budgets.

In future this will become the responsibility of the National Assembly.