HC Deb 17 December 1985 vol 89 c135W
Mr. George Robertson

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will state the total amounts offered to firms in the Hamilton constituency under regional and industrial grants policy for each year of the last 10 years.

Mr. Peter Morrison

I regret the information is not available for all regional and industrial grants because it would be too costly to transfer the historic records to the computer data base. For the same reason a manual search to match addresses is also ruled out. However, the new regional development grants are being recorded and regional selective assistance under section 7 of the Industrial Development Act is available for past years. The details for RSA in the Hamilton constituency are:

Value of offers £'000
1975–76 86
1976–77 40
1977–78 21
1978–79 122
1979–80 81
1980–81 1,499
1981–82 767
1982–83 1,205
1983–84 1,322
1984–85 225
1985–86* 1,144
* 1 April-30 November 1985.

Mr. George Robertson

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will give details of the number of firms to whom offers of grants and loans have been made under the regional industrial policy referred to in his letter of 27 November to the hon. Member for Hamilton.

Mr. Peter Morrison

It is not the practice to disclose details of financial assistance given to individual companies other than in accordance with the arrangements announced by the then Secretary of State for Industry on 31 July 1974. Details are also withheld where it is thought that an individual company could be identified prior to publication inBritish Business. However, the number and value of offers of regional selective assistance and the number of approvals and amount of new regional development grant in the Hamilton constituency were as follows in the period 29 November 1984 to 31 October 1985:

Number Value £'000
RDG II 40 1,781
RSA 4 644