HC Deb 29 May 1968 vol 765 c1807
13. Mr. Buchanan-Smith

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he has completed his considerations on the question of whether plant and machinery installed to fillet or otherwise process fish qualify for grant in accordance with regulations made under the Industrial Development Act, 1966; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Dell

I am sorry that consideration of this subject is still incomplete. I will reply to the hon. Member as soon as possible.

Mr. Buchanan-Smith

That is a quite unacceptable Answer. Is not the hon. Gentleman aware that this has been under consideration since last autumn? Is this the way in which he is trying to encourage industry?

Mr. Dell

As I said, I am sorry that this has taken a long time to decide. It is a difficult and marginal case. We are trying to look at it as favourably as possible. I think the decision will be rapidly available.