HC Deb 03 February 1977 vol 925 cc249-50W
Mr. Jim Callaghan

asked the Secretary of State for Industry how many companies in the county districts of the Greater Manchester Metropolitan County have approached his Department with inquiries or requests for advice on the new selective financial assistance scheme.

Mr. Alan Williams

A large number of inquiries from all parts of the country have been received by Government Departments, both in the regions and in London. No overall figure or breakdown

Mr. Alan Williams

Expenditure on regional preferential assistance to industry at 1976 prices for the financial years 1971–72—1975–76 is estimated as follows:

by area is available, but the initial response is very encouraging.