§ 39. Mr. Beggs
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action has been taken by Her Majesty's Government to support Northern Ireland private enterprise efforts to develop salmon farming; and what assessment he has made of the effects on the Ulster economy which are likely to accrue from such an enterprise.
§ Mr. Viggers
Over the past year the Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland made two offers of grant-aid for salmon farming projects in Northern Ireland. Whilst salmon farming would have a positive effect on the Northern Ireland economy, the siting of projects has to take account of environmental factors and other interests.