To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
(2) how many apple processing plants have been given grant in aid in (a) Northern Ireland, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) England since 1981;
(3) how many apple processing plants have closed in (a) Northern Ireland, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) England since 1991.
The information is not available in the form requested. Apple growers may have received payments under a variety of schemes and from a number of Departments but are not generally identifiable as such from the records held.
The Department does not hold information on the number or location of apple processing plants.