§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what EC grants the owners of fishing vessels would be eligible to receive to build new fishing vessels, if the United Kingdom fully implemented a fishing vessel decommissioning scheme in line with EC proposals.
§ Mr. Maclean
The availability of EC grants for the construction and modernisation of fishing vessels under EC regulation 4028/86 is not dependent on the introduction of a decommissioning scheme. When the latest tranche of EC grant aid was decided last month, no applications for EC grant aid for new construction were successful in any member state.