HC Deb 24 February 1948 vol 447 c1765
51. Mr. Longden

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give the items of subsidy to private industry and agriculture, respectively, for the current financial year.

Sir S. Cripps

I will, with permission, circulate a list in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Longden

Can the Chancellor say whether the figures he gives show that private enterprise depends upon the "dole" more than ever?

Sir S. Cripps

That is a matter of opinion.

Following is the list:

Iron and steel 7,500,000
Ferro-chrome 100,000
Magnesium 250,000
Aluminium 750,000
Watch-making and jewel manufacturing 320,000
Cotton spinning 1,500,000
Coal stocking 350,000
Fuel oils and kerosene 25,000
Coastal shipping 710,000
Agriculture 17,231,000
Herring industry 98,000

Note.—The above list shows the amounts included in the Estimates which have been voted by Parliament in the current year, and any included in Supplementary Estimates recently presented, for subsidies to particular industries, excluding ones which have been discontinued since the Estimates were approved. It does not include expenditure provided under general policies such as housing, social services, the training, resettlement and transference of labour, distribution of industry, cost-of-living or research.