HC Deb 09 February 1978 vol 943 cc685-6W
25. Mr. Craig

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what were the total amounts paid from public funds to workers' co-operatives in Northern Ireland in each of the last three financial years; and what was the total amount paid to each organisation over that period.

Mr. Concannon

While there is no universally accepted definition of a workers' co-operative, payments totalling£68,630 were made by Northern Ireland Departments during the last three financial years to one organisation which is considered to possess the main features of such a co-operative. The payments were made as follows:

1974–75 3,467
1975–76 39,430
1976–77 25,733