§ Mr. Robert Taylor
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total sum allocated by the National Economic Development Office for communications during 1978; and what percentage of these funds has been channelled through the Trades Union Congress or directly with an individual trade union.
§ Mr. Joel Barnett
A total of £250,000 for the year 1978–79 has been allocated to the National Economic Development Office to be spent on communicating the industrial strategy. Of this, £50,000 has been made available directly to the TUC as a grant-in-aid towards certain expenses incurred in holding conferences on the industrial strategy attended by union representatives concerned with industrial sectors covered by sector working parties. So far, some £20,700 has been paid to the TUC.
In addition to the £50,000 grant-in-aid, the TUC has received financial assistance of approximately £12,000 from the funds allocated to NEDO towards design and printing costs of a broadsheet, for general circulation to those at shop floor level, about the industrial strategy and the work of individual sector working parties.