§ Sir Anthony Meyer
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how much money the United Kingdom has received from the European Community for capital investment in agriculture since the United Kingdom's accession (a) in total and (b) in the North-West of England.
§ Mr. Wiggin
The United Kingdom has received £24.6 million from the European Community in respect of grants paid on capital expenditure under the farm and horticulture development scheme between 1974 and 1979. This figure excludes the balance of the 1978 claim amounting to about £2¼ million which has been approved but not yet paid. 'The claim for 1980 has yet to be submitted.
In addition, under Regulations (EEC) 17/64 and 355/77 grants totalling £63 million have been awarded to individual United Kingdom capital investment projects for improving the marketing and processing of agricultural products or, in the case of certain projects under Regulation 17/64, for improving the infrastructure of the agricultural industry.
I regret that I cannot provide the information sought for the North-West of England except at disproportionate cost.