HC Deb 21 May 1980 vol 985 c238W
Mr. Nicholas Winterton

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will ensure that in those assisted areas where regional development grants are being withdrawn with effect from 1 August 1980 grants will continue to be paid in respect of installation of new boilers and buildings, where assets cannot be provided until after 31 July because of the effects of the steel strike in delaying delivery of boilers and steel construction.

Mr. David Mitchell

There is no intention of varying the transitional arrangements for the changes in the availability of regional development grant announced on 17 July 1979. In instances where a project is genuinely in jeopardy as a result of loss of regional development grant arising from the changes, selective financial assistance under section 7 of the Industry Act 1972 may be available if the necessary criteria are met.