§ Dr. John A. Cunningham
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claims for investment grant from firms in the Northern Region made prior to 26th October 1970 are still the subject of discussion by his Department; and what is the total amount of money involved.
§ Mr. Anthony Grant
The nearest available information is in respect of Billing-ham grants office, which handles most applications relating to the Northern Region. This is as follows. At 26th October 1970 only those applications in respect of expenditure incurred in periods up until 31st March 1970 were being accepted by the Department. Few, if any, of these early applications figured in the total of 54 applications for these periods—grant value £½ million—and were still being processed at 31st March 1973 since such applications continued to be received in the Department right up until their terminal date of acceptance, 31st December 1972.