HC Deb 11 July 1961 vol 644 cc197-8
26. Mr. Hayman

asked the President of the Board of Trade what reply he has sent to the borough council of Penryn, Cornwall, to its letter about industrial development there.

Mr. Maudling

I have told the council that it is not the policy of the Board to refuse assistance to firms wishing to set up in Penryn but that on the contrary we should like to see more industry established there. I have also explained why I cannot disclose in individual cases the specific reasons which lead the B.O.T.A.C. to reject applications for assistance under the Local Employment Act.

Mr. Hayman

Is the Minister aware that the general feeling in Penryn is that the dice is loaded against small firms applying for B.O.T.A.C. aid? Is he satisfied with his Advisory Committee's interpretation of the Local Employment Act, because it has absolute discretion?

Mr. Maudling

Yes, Sir. I and my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary have looked more than once at the administration by the Committee of its instructions and I believe that it is carrying them out faithfully and well.