HC Deb 15 November 1977 vol 939 c115W
Mr. Grylls

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will make a further statement on the need for the proposed North-East and North-West Boards announced on Tuesday 8th November 1977 for the National Enterprise Board, in view of the fact that the National Enterprise Board is meeting its obligations under Paragraph 26(i) of the Industry Act 1975 National Enterprise Board (Guidelines) Direction 1975 of 7th December.

Mr. Les Huckfield

I have nothing to add to the announcement which my right hon. Friend made on 8th November 1977.—[Official Report, Vol. 938, c. 524.]

Mr. Wrigglesworth

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what funds are at present available for investment purposes for the Northern Region office of the National Enterprise Board; and what funds have been invested in Northern industries since the office was established.

Mr. Les Huckfield

No limit has been set by the National Enterprise Board on the amount of its funds available for regional investment. The board has invested about £600,000 in companies in the Northern Region since its office was established there. The region, too, has benefited a great deal from the board's investment in companies based elsewhere but with factories in the region.