HC Deb 24 May 1976 vol 912 cc25-6W
Mr. Woof

asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether any comparative study has been made with the EEC on various means used by Governments to support the development of home industries; and with what result.

Mr. Alan Williams

I am aware of two related studies, being undertaken by the International Institute of Management in Berlin and sponsored principally by the EEC Commission into the impact of various measures in support of the development of industries in assisted regions of certain member countries. "The Economics of Industrial Subsidies", edited by A. Whiting, published by HMSO 1976, reports papers presented at a conference organised by my Department and includes one that gives some reference to selective intervention in some EEC member countries.