§ Mr. Barry Jones
To ask the Secretary of State Wales what amounts of Government cash and grants have been given to Laura Ashley Company in each year by his Department, the Welsh Development Agency and the Mid Wales Development Board.
§ Mr. Peter Walker
In addition to assistance offered by other departments, published details of Welsh Office aid to the Laura Ashley company is as follows:
Year £ Grant 1976 6,000 Interest relief grant 1977 6,000 Interest relief grant 1979 17,000 Interest relief grant 1980 11,000 Interest relief grant 1983 22,000 Interest relief grant 1986 326,000 Regional development grant 1988 40,000 Regional development grant 1989 94,000 Regional development grant
The Laura Ashley company has also received rent concessions from the Welsh Development Agency in the years 1985 and 1986 and a grant from the Development Board for Rural Wales in 1989. It is not those institutions' policy to publish amounts involved in individual cases.