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Co-Operative Enterprises

Volume 972: debated on Tuesday 30 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales, further to his reply of 20 June to the hon. Member for Glasgow, Maryhill (Mr. Craigen), if he will

Organisation receiving grantNature of projectExpenditure approved for grant
1. West Glamorgan Common Ownership Development Agency, 3 Christina Street, Swansea, West Glamorgan (through the West Glamorgan County Council).The employment of a Development Officer (with part-time secretarial assistance) with the prime responsibility of encouraging and supporting the development of viable common ownership enterprises in West Glamorgan.£7,500 per annum plus £1,000 initial costs.
2. Rhondda Enterprise, Penrhiwgwynt Road, Porth, Rhondda, Mid Glamorgan (through the Rhondda Borough Council).The extension and renovation of a building to provide a training workshop. In addition an Employment Resource worker (with part-time secretarial assistance) provides training opportunities for the young unemployed and permanent jobs in co-ownership enterprises.£40,000 capital plus £7,500 per annum.
3 and 4. North Wales Employment Resources and Advice Centre, c/o Afallon, Tanygrisiau, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd (through the Clwyd and Gwynedd County Councils).Two schemes (one in Clwyd and one in Gwynedd) each involving the employment of a Community Employment Officer to provide advice and assistance to groups desiring to set up co-operatives.£7,440 per annum plus £1,250 initial costs, for each scheme.
5. Antur Teifi, c/o Tanygraig, pontshaen, Llandyssul, Dyfed (through Dyfed County Council).The employment of full-time Employment Resources Officer to facilitate the establishment of co-operative ventures fitted to the needs of the Teifi Valley.£8,500 per annum plus £1,000 initial costs.
The Welsh Office grant is paid at the rate of 75 per cent. of expenditure approved as above, with the sponsoring local authorities funding the balance.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if the Development Board for Rural Wales has any plans to promote or service co-operatives; and if he will make a statement.