§ Mr. Bulmer
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money has been given in financial support to the carpet industry since 1 January 1975; what form this assistance has taken; and under which schemes, including the schemes to promote employment, it has been given.
§ Mr. Adam Butler
Since 1 January 1975 a total of £6,743,389 has been paid to the carpet industry by the Northern Ireland Department of Commerce in the form of grants—including grants towards capital expenditure—and loans under schemes to promote investment and the creation and maintenance of jobs. A further sum, totalling £3,812,245, has been paid to the industry by the Northern Ireland Department of Manpower Services in the form of grants under the temporary employment subsidy and temporary short-time working compensation schemes, selective employment premium, and grants under schemes to promote industrial training.