HC Deb 23 December 1981 vol 15 c466W
Mr. Hicks

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will list, for the last financial year for which figures are available, the total amounts of industrial development assistance paid from central Government funds to Scotland, Wales, Merseyside and the South-West assisted area, respectively, both in total and per head of the insured population; and if he will identify the amounts and proportions of these figures received from the European regional fund.

Mr. MacGregor

[pursuant to his reply, 21 December 1981, c. 273]: The complete information requested is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, assistance under the Industry Act 1972 has been given during the financial year 1980–81 as follows:

Section 7 Section 8
Payments of regional development grant Payments of regional selective assistance Payments of selective financial assistance
£ million £ million £ million
Scotland 113.3 21.1 5.1
Wales 103.7 7.9 3.9
South-West 8.5 1.7 4.7
Merseyside 28.4 (est) 6.00 2.8

During the same period, although not necessarily for the same projects, receipts from the European regional development fund were as follows:

Regional development grant Selective financial assistance Advance Factories
£ million £ million £ million
Scotland 2.6 2.2
Wales 2.4 0.21 2.00
South-West 0.07 0.2 0.03
Merseyside 2.8 2.5 0.04