§ Mr. Hordern
asked the Secretary of State for Industry how many jobs have been created by regional incentives in the latest 12-month period; and what was the cost of each job so provided.
§ Mr. David Mitchell
I regret that the information is not available in the form requested. The employment associated with projects receiving regional selective assistance under section 7 of the Industry Act 1972 is derived from companies' estimates of the direct effects on their own projects. These estimates took no account of those projects which might have gone614W ahead anyway or of the effects of the projects on other companies in the assisted areas. Other elements of expenditure on regional incentives, such as regional development grants, are not directly related to employment.