HC Deb 15 June 1981 vol 6 c252W
Mr. Ray Powell

asked the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how much has been spent by local authorities in 1979 and 1980, county by county, in efforts to attract new industry, to help existing industry and to help establish small businesses within their areas; (2) how much of the financial help given by local authorities to establish and attract new industry and help preserve existing jobs has been provided by the ratepayers directly and how much indirectly through taxation and Government grants.

Mr. Nicholas Edwards

Local authority expenditure incurred for the purposes mentioned is not identified in returns of expenditure and income. It is not possible therefore to calculate the relative contributions to this expenditure made by rate and taxpayers.