HC Deb 20 January 1975 vol 884 cc212-3W
Mr. Fernyhough

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what was the total cost to the central Government in respect of aid of all kinds to development areas in the years 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, and 1974, respectively.

Mr. Gregor Mackenzie

The information, which is available by financial years, is as follows:

£ million, net at historic prices
1970–71 270
1971–72 240
1972–73 240
1973–74 300
1974–75 (estimated) 470

The totals include assistance under the Local Employment Acts, regional assistance under the Industry Act 1972, the regional differential element in investment grants, regional employment premium, support for tourist projects in assisted areas and the grant to the Highlands and Islands Development Board. They do not include the assisted areas' share of national support schemes.