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Small Firms

Volume 934: debated on Tuesday 28 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry how many inquiries have been received at each of the small firms information centres in the United Kingdom during each month in the present year.

The number of inquiries received by each of the small firms information centres in each month of this year is as follows:I refer my hon. Friend to the replies to the hon. Member for Chorley (Mr. Rodgers) on 27th January 1977—[Vol. 924, c. 742–3.] There has been no change in the position, in that £3·8 million has been paid to Courtaulds in respect of Skelmersdale Mill in grant aid, none of the money has yet been recovered but the amount to be repaid as a result of the closure is still to be determined in the light of the eventual use of the assets.