§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what consideration is being given to applications for Industry Act assistance which were affected by pay policy sanctions before the Prime Minister's statement on 14 December 1978; and whether it is possible for applicants refused assistance on the grounds of breaches of pay policy now to revive their applications without fear of sanctions.
§ Mr. Les Huckfield
Where applications from companies in breach of the pay guidelines were turned down prior to 14 December 1978, the companies will need to reapply. Such applications will be treated as new applications to be considered against the current criteria for the assistance being sought. Payments of selective assistance due in respect of any period up to 14 December during which companies were in breach will not be made but subsequent payments will be made in accordance with the terms of each offer letter.