HC Deb 25 January 1982 vol 16 cc604-5
11. Mr. Dalyell

asked the Secretary of State for Industry, pursuant to the reply of the Under-Secretary of State on 14 December, Official Report, c. 23, if he has any progress to report on the recovery of regional development grant made in respect of the Bathgate factory of British Leyland.

The Under-Secretary of State for Industry (Mr. John Wakeham)

The Department is maintaining contact with BL, and, following the closure of the tractor assembly plant, which I understand will occur at the end of March, the appropriate amount of grant due to the Department will be recovered.

Mr. Dalyell

Does the Department have an estimate of the appropriate figure, and, if not, why not?

Mr. Wakeham

Until the Department has been given the details of the contract it cannot calculate the figure, but it will allow the retention of grant made on any assets that have fully satisfied the conditions of the grant. The remainder of the grant will be recovered in whole or in part in accordance with the Department's policies, which are consistently applied to all grantees.