HC Deb 18 April 1978 vol 948 cc101-2W
Mr. Maxwell-Hyslop

asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether any European Economic Community directive or regulation restricts to a maximum of 12½ per cent. on plant any grant under Section 8 of the Industry Act 1972 to the United Kingdom textile industry; whether Her Majesty's Government have imposed any such limit of their own volition; and whether he is satisfied that the Republic of Ireland is not allowed by the European Economic Community to adopt measures to assist its textile industry which are forbidden in Great Britain.

Mr. Cryer

The EEC Commission recognises the special problem of the Irish Republic but I am not aware of any such restriction, or of such measures.