§ 1989. Mr. Alex Carlile
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what financial support was given in real terms to industry in rural areas in(a) 1979 and (b)
§ Mr. Heathcoat-Amory
Most Government schemes for financial assistance to industry provide assistance for urban and rural areas alike. Where there are special rural problems in England, the Rural Development Commission, which is grant-aided by my Department, can provide assistance with both economic and social development. The commission's total gross expenditure at 1989–90 prices was £36.6 million in the financial year 1978–79 and £37.2 million in 1989–90.