HC Deb 14 February 1979 vol 962 c568W
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.