HC Deb 27 February 1985 vol 74 c190W
42. Mr. Tony Lloyd

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what actions his Department is taking to develop the heavy engineering industry.

Mr. Butcher

As with many other industries, the heavy engineering sector has received Governmental assistance under the Science and Technology Act, through the support for innovation scheme, and through grants made under the Industry Acts. In addition, a number of heavy engineering firms have taken advantage of the teaching company scheme organised jointly by my Department and the Science and Engineering Research Council.

British engineering industry participation in overseas projects has in many cases benefited also from Governmental help on export credits and aid and trade provision.