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West Midlands

Volume 955: debated on Thursday 3 August 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry (1) what measures have been taken by his Department to create and safeguard jobs in the West Midlands; what has been the cost of such schemes; and if he will make a statement;(2) what measures have been taken to maintain and encourage industry in the West Midlands; what has been the cost of such measures; and whether he will make a statement.

SchemeNo. of ProjectsAssistance Offered (£ 000s)Associated Project Costs (£ 000s)
Accelerated Project288,77879,449
Selective Investment133,39730,174
Wood Textile 132611,126
Ferrous Foundry7719,13482,897
Machine Tool392,12510,599
Paper and Board294395
Poultry Meat16242,960
Red Meat96285,952
Non-Ferrous Foundry282,81514,176
Instrumentation and Automation129155
In addition, five applications have been approved under the product and process scheme for assistance of 413,400 for projects costing £928,000. The microprocessor applications scheme has only been in existence since 4th July 1978.The Government have also provided considerable assistance to a number of firms in the West Midlands, including British Leyland, Chrysler UK Ltd. and Alfred Herbert, which has safeguarded jobs.The National Enterprise Board has extensive investments in the region. In addition, Birmingham is one of the few areas to have a partnership arrangement under the Government's inner city policy.