HC Deb 19 March 1997 vol 292 cc628-9W
18. Mr. Michael Brown

To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the latest figures for the flows of inward and outward investment to and from the United Kingdom. [19458]

Mr. Lang

Inward investment into the United Kingdom amounted to £19 billion in 1995, a threefold increase on 1994. Outwards flows totalled nearly £24 billion as United Kingdom firms continued to build on their position in international markets.

23. Mr. Luff

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what assessment he has made of the relative importance of each of the factors taken into account by potential inward investors when selecting a country for investment; and if he will make a statement. [19465]

Mr. Lang

Inward investors locate in the United Kingdom for a variety of reasons that are unique to each company. Some of the reasons most regularly given by investors include our low corporation tax, low cost of production, established enterprise culture, a skilled and adaptable work force and our established industrial infrastructure.

33 . Mr. Ben Chapman

To ask the President of the Board of Trade which EU countries have invested more per employed person than the United Kingdom in the period since 1979. [19477]

Mr. Greg Knight

Since 1979 business investment in the United Kingdom has accounted for a greater proportion of gross domestic product than in France, Germany and Italy.

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