§ Mr. Gregory
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the number and value of horticulural grants for England and Wales made under the European agricultural guidance and guarantee fund in 1985 and 1986, respectively.
§ Mr. Donald Thompson
The following is the latest information available. Farm capital grants to horticultural enterprises in England and Wales under Schemes qualifying for partial EAGGF reimbursement were:
Number of payments Value (£ million) 1984 1,275 3.4 1985 1,054 3.7
The EAGGF reimburses up to 25 per cent. of the total grant paid. The following grant payments were also made direct from the EAGGF for horticultural processing and marketing schemes:
Number of payments Value (£ million) 1985 8 0.322 1986 4 0.183
Launching aids paid to horticultural co-operatives with a maximum EAGGF reimbursement of 50 per cent. were:
Number of payments Value (£ million) 1985 24 0.987 19861 23 1.190 1 Estimate.