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Regional Preferential Assistance

Volume 15: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will give the figures for total expenditure on regional preferential assistance to industry for each year since 1977–78 in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Great Britain; if he will break the figures down to show the various sources of the assistance; and if, in each case, he will give for Scotland and for Wales the percentages, taking England as base.

Gross expenditure for the years 1977–78 to 1980–81 on regional preferential assistance to industry in Scotland, Wales and Great Britain is as follows:

£ million
1977–781978–791979–801980–81
Scotland146160142197
Wales91111110177
Great Britain507628562731
The main items of regional preferential assistance to industry in 1980–81 are as follows:

£ million
ScotlandWalesGreat Britain
Regional development grant113104491
Selective financial assistance (section 7)217*71
ScotlandWalesGreat Britain
Land and factories:
(i) Local Employment Act assistance34
(ii) Scottish and Welsh
Development Agencies:4760107
Highlands and Islands
Development Board1111
Other items†4617
Total197177731
* Includes some expenditure which cannot be broken down to a regional level.
† The other items cover tourism, small firms employment subsidy—regional preferential element—expenditure by the Development Board for Rural Wales.
Using the expenditure in England as a base the indices for Scotland and Wales are as follows:

1977–781978–791979–801980–81
England100100100100
Scotland54454656
Wales34313550