asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if he will examine the possibility of having EC grant aid of up to £16,000 made available for the improvement of farm guest-house accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Written Answers. - EC Grant Aid.
Regulation EEC 797/85 allows member states to provide grant aid in disadvantaged areas for agri-tourism projects included in a farm improvement plan. The EC contribution is limited to 25 per cent. Unfortunately the necessity to reduce public expenditure does not allow us to incur this year the additional Exchequer costs involved.
Question No. 32 resubmitted for oral reply.