§ Dr. Bray
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what was the number of establishments and the estimated additional employment created in assisted areas and other Department of Industry preferred areas, respectively, resulting from the refusal of industrial development certificates, in each year since 1960, with such divisions into floor space ranges of the industrial development certificates as may be available.
Mr. Alan Williams
Information of this kind is not collected on a regular basis. Because firms may take several months, if not years, to consider and464W implement alternative development proposals, the effects of industrial development certificate refusals cannot be assessed until well after the event. The latest information comes from a study of over 1,300 refusals in the period 1958–71. This study indicates that 18 per cent. of the developments concerned, accounting for 27 per cent. of the total floor space refused, eventually located in areas preferred by the Department—16 per cent. in the assisted areas and 11 per cent. in other preferred locations.