HC Deb 20 May 2004 vol 421 c1101W
19. Hugh Robertson

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on Government support for fruit farming. [174422]

Mr. Bradshaw

Defra funds a substantial research and development programme of benefit to fruit farmers. Growers are also eligible for assistance under the England Rural Development Programme, for the first time, soft fruit will attract support as a result of CAP reform.

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