§ 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 213W assisted areas and the grant to the Highlands and Islands Development Board. They do not include the assisted areas' share of national support schemes.