§ Mr. Grylls
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what proportion of the total financial assistance paid out by his Department went to firms employing between (a) 0 to 50 employees and (b) 50 to 200 employees in each of the years 1977–78, 1978–79 and 1979–80.
§ Mr. David Mitchell
I regret that such information is not readily available in the form requested.
However, a special analysis of regional selective assistance offered only under section 7 of the Industry Act 1972 showed that in the 12 months ending 31 July 1980, 391 offers out of a total of 874 were made to firms employing 200 or fewer. The offers to small firms amounted to £12.4 million out of a total of 103.2 million offered to all sizes of firms in Great Britain.