§ Mrs. Maureen Hicks
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many new jobs have been created in the engineering industry in the west midlands since 1986.
§ Mr. Forth
There are no official statistics available to show the extent of job creation in the engineering industry over the period in question. Since the beginning of 1986, however, a total of 944 offers of regional selective assistance have been made to engineering companies in the west midlands and those are expected to lead to the creation of 20,000 new jobs.