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Shipbuilding (Orders)

Volume 972: debated on Monday 29 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry what was the total in gross tons, and in compensated gross tons if available, of new orders by United Kingdom shipowners in 1978 and in the first six months of 1979, or up to a later date if available, and the total of new orders given by United Kingdom shipowners to United Kingdom shipyards.

The following is the available information.given to International Computers Limited by way of regional development grant since 1969 and under the provisions of the Industry Act 1972; and how much of this assistance was in respect of the factories at Ardwick and Ashton-under Lyne.

Information is no longer available of the total payments of investment grant made since 1969 to International Computers Limited under the Industrial Development Act 1966. The investment grants scheme was discontinued from 26 October 1970. Regional development grants were introduced in March 1972 under part I of the Industry Act 1972. Further assistance is provided to industry under sections 7 and 8 of that Act. Regional development grants totalling £198,984, and interest relief grants under section 7 amounting to £550,000 have been paid to International Computers Limited. Included in these amounts are regional development grants totalling £9,614 in respect of Ashton-under-Lyne and interest relief grants of £350,000 relating to Ashton-under-Lyne and £200,000 relating to Ardwick. They do not include payments made to subsidiaries of International Computers Ltd., as information about these is not readily available.