HC Deb 30 March 2000 vol 347 c240W
34. Mr. Brady

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on inward investment to the North West of England. [115696]

Mr. Caborn

Since May 1997 my Department has made 672 offers of Regional Selective Assistance in the North West of England, including 51 offers to overseas companies, creating or safeguarding nearly 33,000. Major inward investment successes have included MBNA in Chester and New Balance Athletic Shoes in Cumbria.