HC Deb 13 March 1968 vol 760 cc289-90W
53. Mr. Peyton

asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the average number of man hours spent by his Department on processing applications for investment grants; what is the average time between the application for a grant and its approval; and what percentage of the applications so far received has been turned down.

Mr. Darling

Processing time varies so widely between the largest and the smallest claims that an arithmetical average would be unrepresentative. Most claims are cleared for payment within about six weeks from receipt. About 4 per cent. have so far been rejected.