§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many instances have come to his attention during the past 12 months of companies, which had obtained grants or assistance to go ahead with new factory projects or expansion of existing factories in Wales, cancelling or postponing such plans; and how many possible new jobs have been lost as a result.
§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
I assume that the question refers to grants and assistance under section 7 of the Industry Act 1972. My Department has been informed, over the last 12 months, that 8 projects which were in receipt of section 7 assistance were abandoned, involving a job potential of 313 jobs. Information regarding the postponement of projects in receipt of assistance is not readily available.