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Volume 982: debated on Monday 31 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry how much was paid from European Economic Community funds in each of the last five years for the promotion of industrial innovation.

No Community financial aid has been directed specifically towards the promotion of industrial innovation. Community funds are available for such purposes as research and development, demonstration projects in the fields of alternative energy and energy conservation, and support for data processing that in a broad sense may be regarded as contributing to industrial innovation, but it is not possible to distinguish accurately the elements of the aid that contribute directly.