HC Deb 12 February 1973 vol 850 c971
17. Mr. Golding

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what communications he has received from the Commission of the European Economic Communities concerning aid to the British computer industry.

Mr. Anthony Grant

None, Sir.

Mr. Golding

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there is concern in North Staffordshire that there should be no reduction, because of the Common Market, in Government aid to ICL? Is he further aware that there is concern that the Government should increase their aid to the computer industry generally?

Mr. Grant

We have no reason to believe that our support policy conflicts with Community rules. The French and Germans give considerable financial support to their computer industries. Discussions are continuing with ICL about its longer-term needs.