HC Deb 29 March 1976 vol 908 cc886-7
20. Mr. Wigley

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what steps he takes to monitor new plant and equipment for which regional grants have been paid to ensure that they remain within the development areas; and if he is satisfied that this procedure is working effectively.

Mr. Gregor Mackenzie

Each regional development grants office employs enforcement officers to inspect grant-aided assets to ensure compliance with the conditions imposed when grant is paid. I am satisfied that the procedure is effective and that the effort involved is consistent with the need to achieve the most effective use of available staff resources.

Mr. Wigley

Is the Minister aware of the considerable misgivings in Wales that there is abuse of this system and that some assets are being moved out, perhaps within the law but contrary to its spirit and intention? More seriously, is he aware that there are instances of machines having their number plates changed and then being moved out within the limited period? Information about this has been given to the Secretary of State for Wales.

Mr. Mackenzie

I have read about the allegations of the hon. Gentleman's friends outside the House about regional development grants. If the hon. Member is prepared to give me substantial evidence, I will look at the matter.

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