HC Deb 30 July 1959 vol 610 c147W
76. Mr. Sparks

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will state, for as many years prior to the current year as may be convenient, the total amount of grants, subsidies and other financial assistance provided by the Government to privately-owned industry, including agriculture.

Mr. Simon

Provision for Agricultural Support Subsidies in the last five years has been as follows (in £ million):

1959–60 1958–59 1957–58 1956–57 1955–56
243 283 217 219 239

I regret that detailed figures for other financial assistance to private industry cannot be produced without an undue expenditure of time and labour; but approximately £15 million a year on average has been provided for this purpose over the same five years.