§ Miss Quennell
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will publish a table setting out the rate of industrial investment in the United Kingdom sector by sector, from 1970 to the nearest convenient date, in cash and real terms.
§ Mr. Anthony Grant
Investment grants have been discontinued, and various forms of financial assistance are now available under the Industry Act 1972. Builders of oil rigs are now eligible for regional development grants, free depreciation for plant, and 40 per cent. initial allowances for new buildings. In addition, shipbuilders can receive tapering construction grants for building mobile offshore platforms; and a British or foreign firm placing an order for an offshore platform in the United Kingdom is given access to credit facilities comparable to those available abroad.