§ Mr. Sproat
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many foreign-owned companies have decided on new projects in the United Kingdom since the United Kingdom joined the EEC, and on the expansion of existing ones; how many jobs these have created; and what are the respective figures for Scotland.
§ Mr. Anthony Grant
The Department is aware of decisions taken this year by over 140 firms with parent companies in other countries which have decided on new projects or expansions in Britain, and these decisions could eventually provide about 25,000 new jobs. The figures for Scotland are about 30 and 9,000 respectively.