HC Deb 07 February 1977 vol 925 cc584-5W
Mr. Robert Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will publish in the Official Report details of the sums of money which have been paid under regional assistance Acts to oil-related companies for each of the years since 1970 to the latest date for which information is available.

Mr. Alan Williams

The following payments have been made to oil companies under Section 7 of the Industry Act 1972 and to oil-related companies under Section 8 through the offshore supplies interest relief grant scheme

Calendar Year £ 000
1972–74 Nil
1975 315
1976 2,720

I regret that information about other assistance to oil-related companies under that Act and payments made under the Local Employment Acts is not readily available.