HC Deb 04 March 1981 vol 1000 cc139-40W
Sir Anthony Meyer

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will list in the Official Report the estimated expenditure by each member State of the European economic Community on grants and subsidies to industry, excluding expenditure on, and allowances for, research and development, in each of the last three years; and what steps he proposes to take with the United Kingdom's Community partners to reduce and rationalise such expenditure in the interests of the greater coherence of European competition policy.

Mr. MacGregor

It is not possible to furnish the information in the form requested. I am, however satisfied that the Community has adequate capacity to review the grants and subsidies accorded to industry in member States, and have no plans to take any general initiative about this question with other member States.