HC Deb 19 July 1971 vol 821 cc1018-9
13. Mr. Gwynoro Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many copies of theWestern Mailand theLiverpool Daily Posthis private office receives every day.

Mr. Peter Thomas

One copy of each.

Mr. Jones

I hope that the right hon. and learned Gentleman reads both copies with interest. Is he aware that on 8th July the chairman of Rio Tinto Zinc claimed that but for the Labour Government's investment grant the £50 million aluminium smelter would never have come to Anglesey? Is he further aware that a C.B.I. survey has shown that the withdrawal of investment grants has done a great deal of damage to Wales? Will he not admit that he has created havoc and chaos in the Welsh economy?

Mr. Peter Thomas

I would certainly not admit the last part of the hon. Member's supplementary question. I assure him that I read these papers with interest, and find that occasionally they are extremely complimentary. As to the point about investment incentives, I take it that the hon. Gentleman also will be pleased by last week's Amendment of the Finance Bill, which gives a very good new differential incentive to development areas.