§ Mr. Awbery
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many applications have been received under the Malta Aids to Industry Act; how many are pending decision and have been refused and granted, respectively; and why the refusals have been made.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
The Aids to Industries Board has received 49 applications for aid for industrial development projects. Seven have been approved, 34 are being investigated and eight have been rejected because they did not qualify for assistance under Section 19 of the Ordinance.106W
The Malta Government Tourist Board has received 23 applications for assistance for the construction of new hotels or the extension of existing hotels. Two have been approved though one of these has now been withdrawn as the interests concerned are putting in a more extensive scheme. Seventeen are being investigated and four have been rejected because they did not conform to the Board's policy of primarily encouraging self-contained resort hotels.