HC Deb 19 July 1977 vol 935 cc466-7W
Mr. Kenneth Clarke

asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he will break down the assistance given under the ferrous foundry industry scheme into the different market sectors; and what proportion of the assistance went to foundries producing high volume repetition castings.

Mr. Les Huckfield

Most foundries serve a number of market sectors. By 30th June assistance had been approved for 175 iron foundries and 41 steel foundries. The number supplying the various market sectors is as follows:

Market Sector Iron Castings Steel Castings
Diesel engines 49 1
Automotive 57 2
Machine Tools 50 2
Heavy machinery 32 18
Valves and pumps 54 21
Agricultural machinery and tractors 46 1
Mining 25 16
Oil and Chemicals 13 16
Iron Castings Steel Castings
Construction and earth moving 11 14
Iron and Steel Industry 19 11
Electrical 22 13
General engineering (including jobbing) 97 17
Building 19 1

Foundries producing high-volume repetition castings cover a number of these sectors and the proportion of assistance to them is not readily available, but the market sectors above give some indication.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether final decisions have now been taken on all applications for assistance under the ferrous foundry scheme which were submitted before the closing date of 31st December 1976; and, if not, how many are still awaiting decisions.

Mr. Les Huckfield

No; 201—the bulk of which came in during the closing month of the scheme.

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