HC Deb 30 July 1976 vol 916 cc455-6W
Mr. Knox

asked the Secretary of State for Industry how many industrial development certificates were granted in the United Kingdom in each of the past six years.

Mr. Alan Williams

The table below shows the number of industrial development certificates issued for the years 1970–1975, and for the first half of this year, for schemes of 15,000 sq. ft. and over in Great Britain. The control does not operate in Northern Ireland.

1970 1,676
1971 1,254
1972 1,490
1973 1,772
1974 1,246
1975 860
1976 (January to June) 540

Since July 1972, IDCs have not been required in the development and special development areas. Following the designation of the Edinburgh and Cardiff areas as development areas in August 1974 the IDC control ceased to apply in those areas.