§ Dr. Hampson
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much financial aid Her Majesty's Government have given to Vickers plc to support its business in north-east England; and how much has been given by local authorities.
§ Mr. Peter Morrison
The Department of Trade and Industry has given £3.579 million financial aid (regional development grants (old style) and regional selective assistance) to Vickers companies in north-east England since 1 May 1979. It would require a disproportionate use of resources to attempt to assemble information about any aid given by local authorities.
- (a) Any support for innovation assistance provided under the Science and Technology Act cannot be disclosed without consent of the applicant.
- (b) The figure for regional development grant consists of individual payments of £25K or more of old style RDG as published in "British Business".
- (c) The figure for regional selective assistance consists of offers as published in "British Business".
- (d) Aid given means offered in respect of RSA and paid in respect of RDG.