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Fisheries Act 1981

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31Financial assistance

(1)The Ministers may, in accordance with a scheme made by them with the approval of the Treasury, make such grants as appear to them to be desirable for the purpose of reorganising, developing or promoting fish farming in Great Britain.

(2)In this section " fish farming" means the breeding, rearing or cultivating of fish (including shellfish) for the purpose of producing food for human consumption.

(3)A scheme under this section .may be confined to the making of such grants as appear to the Ministers to be requisite for enabling persons to benefit from any Community instrument which provides for the making of grants by a Community institution where such grants are also provided by a member State.

(4)A scheme under this section may extend to the whole of Great Britain, to England, Wales or Scotland only or to any two of those countries.

(5)In this section " the Ministers " means—

(a)in relation to a scheme extending to the whole of Great Britain, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Secretaries of State respectively concerned with fisheries in Wales and Scotland;

(b)in relation to a scheme extending to England only or to England together with Wales or Scotland, that Minister or, as the case may be, that Minister and the Secretary of State concerned with fisheries in Wales or Scotland;

(c)in relation to a scheme extending to Wales or Scotland only or to both of those countries, the Secretary of State concerned with fisheries in Wales or Scotland or, as the case may be, the Secretaries of State respectively concerned with fisheries in each of those countries ; but a scheme made by two or more Ministers may provide for payments under the scheme to be made by any of them.

(6)A scheme under this section shall be laid before Parliament after being made and shall cease to have effect (without prejudice to anything previously done thereunder or to the making of a new scheme) after the expiration of the period of forty days beginning with the day on which it is made unless within that period it has been approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.

(7)In reckoning any period under subsection (6) above no account shall be taken of any time during which Parliament is dissolved or prorogued or during which both Houses are adjourned for more than four days.

(8)Section 17 above shall have effect in relation to a scheme under this section as it has effect in relation to a scheme under Part II of this Act.

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