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Regional Aid

Volume 888: debated on Wednesday 12 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry what sums have been expended in Scotland, England and Wales on regional aid in each of the last five years.

The table below shows the amount spent on regional preferential assistance in each of the last five financial years :mail-sorting equipment bought by the Post Office over the last five years which is not yet in use ; and why it is not in use.

£3 million. £1 million represents the cost of equipment awaiting installation ; the remaining £2 million is the cost of equipment installed but not yet in use pending agreement between the Post Office and the Union of Post Office Workers on a resumption of the mechanisation programme.