§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will review regional development incentives with particular attention to the question of whether the employment promised in projects at the time of grant approval have in fact materialised.
§ Mr. Gregor Mackenzie
The provision of regional development grant is not linked to jobs or projects as such but to new investment in the assisted areas. In the provision of regional selective assistance under Section 7 of the Industry Act 1972 account is taken of the jobs to be created, safeguarded or maintained by an assisted project, and the progress of such projects is maintained. If the nature and scale of the project changes the assistance is reviewed.