§ Mr. Spriggs
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the existing arrangements for giving preference in the award of Government contracts to firms in the former development districts will be extended to the whole of the wider development areas under the Industrial Development Act 1966; and how interested firms may participate in the schemes.
§ Mr. Jay
These arrangements have been extended to the wider development areas specified in the Development Areas Order 1966. The schemes will also operate in Skelmersdale New Town and Winsford Urban District where development area facilities are also available.
Firms wishing to participate in the schemes can obtain information about them and a list of the Government Purchasing Departments from the Distribution of Industry Division at the Board 153W of Trade Headquarters, or from any of the Board's Regional Offices in England or from my Offices for Scotland and for Wales.