HC Deb 21 June 2000 vol 352 c188W
Mr. Robertson

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what(a) advice and (b) financial assistance is available to farmers to help them diversify their work; and if he will make a statement. [125949]

Mr. Morley

We will launch a new Rural Enterprise Scheme which will include grant aid for farm diversification once we receive approval from the European Commission for the England Rural Development Plan.

Under the Action Plan for Farming we will also produce a new booklet on farm diversification and intend to provide free advice on planning to successful applicants to the Rural Enterprise Scheme.

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