§ Mr. Wilkinson
asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he will give details of the arrangements for the deferment of payment of regional development grants.
§ Sir Keith Joseph
The four months deferment of payment of approved regional development grants will apply to all applications made after 12 June 1979. The Department will accept as in time applications posted to the regional development grant offices on or before 12 June 1979. The applications will be examined in the usual way. When the office is satisfied about the amount of grant payable, the applicant will be notified and told that, provided no material change occurs in his eligibility for grant, payment will be made in four months' time. No requests for priority treatment will be entertained, as this would operate unfairly against other applicants.