§ Mr. Terlezki
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the number of companies which have been established in Wales over the past seven years; and if he will give a breakdown of the countries from which they came.
§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
The main countries of origin of the 258 new manufacturing plants opened in Wales since 1 January 1980 for which an origin has been assigned (new start-up manufacturing plants are not assigned a geographical origin) are as follows:
Number United Kingdom (excluding Wales) 129 Wales 79 Direct Overseas1 50 Of which United States of America 16 West Germany 9 Eire 3 Other EEC 3 Japan 6 Canada 3 Other 10 1 The country of origin of a new manufacturing plant is not necessarily the country of ultimate ownership; new overseas manufacturing plants opened since 1980 for which the origin is an overseas-owned plant already in production in the United Kingdom are assigned an origin within the United Kingdom.