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Firms (Transport And Telephone Costs)

Volume 984: debated on Thursday 15 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will seek to amend the Industry Acts to permit the paying of a new regional grant to compensate firms for the additional costs of transport and telephone communication which they suffer in development areas away from the main centres of population.

I have no plans to change the present scale of the incentives on offer in the assisted areas.