HC Deb 19 May 1966 vol 728 c1531
22. Mr. G. Campbell

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether projects started after 17th January, 1966, in the proposed development areas, not previously development districts, will qualify for grants under the legislation to replace the Local Employment Acts only if they are not completed by the coming into force of that legislation.

Mr. Jay

Yes. Projects in these places which are completed before the legislation comes into force will not qualify for building grants and grants under Section 4 of the 1960 Act.

Mr. Campbell

Since no one can be certain when this legislation will be passed, has not the effect of this been to delay development rather than to encourage it in these areas?

Mr. Jay

No, Sir. These areas were not development districts before and I have no power to make grants under the old Act to areas which were not develop-districts under that Act. That would have been so in any case.