Shetland Fisheries

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 16th January 2007.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Shadow Minister (14-19 Reform and Apprenticeships)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which elements of state aid in support of the Shetlands fisheries are being challenged in the European Court of Justice; and what the total liability is.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare)

The Commission is currently investigating payments made to the Shetland fisheries sector under four schemes:

Modernisation of Fishing Vessels;

Fish Factory Improvement;

First Time Shareholders (in fishing vessel ownership); and

Loan Assistance (for salmon farming and fish processing).

The total payment through these schemes is £5.07 million.

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