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Merseyside

Volume 932: debated on Thursday 26 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry what attempts have been made by his Department to indicate the facilities available on Merseyside to foreign companies looking for a United Kingdom location.

The policy of this Government, as it has been of their predecessors, is to encourage direct investment into the United Kingdom on a national basis. Location is a matter for the commercial judgment of the investor. The

1973197419751976 January-JuneTotal
No.No.No.No.No.Emp.
(i) SCOTLAND
Dumfries and Galloway115100
Borders111341,250
Strathclyde13894
Central113400
Lothian4521
Fife2349150
Tayside318200
Grampian11
Highland1
Western Isles1
Orkney
Shetland
No.Emp.No.Emp.No.Emp.No.Emp.
TOTAL2695017300197007250692,150
19731974(January 1975-June 1976)Total
No.Emp.No.Emp.No.Emp.No.Emp.
(ii) South-East England52507250845020950

Notes:

  • (i) This table does not include employment arising in the service sector either as a result of expenditure by the new manufacturing establishments or by those employed by them, nor that arising from the inward movement of service enterprises; nor does it include additional employment in manufacturing in existing enterprises supplying the incoming firms.
  • (ii) Some figures of employment cannot be quoted individually without a breach of confidence: they have therefore only been included (rounded individually to the nearest 50) in the two columns headed 'Total'. Hence the row and column totals for the employment figures differ.
  • (iii) One reason why the figures are provisional is that new manufacturing establishments often do not require all their workforce until a number of years after their opening.
  • (iv) In addition there is no statutory requirement for new manufacturing establishments to notify the Department of their existence, or of their origin: the figure particularly for most recent years, are therefore not complete
  • incentives and facilities which are available to investors willing to go to the assisted areas—which include Merseyside—make these areas particularly attractive.

    The North-West Industrial Development Association—a grant-aided body-covers the Merseyside area and publicises the facilities available in the area through promotional literature and overseas events.