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Industrial Promotion

Volume 22: debated on Wednesday 28 April 1982

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asked the Prime Minister if Her Majesty's Government will review the means whereby central and local government industrial promotion is carried out in the regions and the criteria for such promotion; and whether she will undertake a review of the level of funding of such promotion which is attributable to central Government.

Government expenditure on industrial promotion is kept under constant review. In particular, following the useful meeting which my hon. Friend the Member for Kingston upon Thames (Mr. Lamont) the Minister of State, Department of Industry had with the regional development organisations and local authorities on 1 April, careful consideration is now being given to the future of the grant paid by the Department of Industry to the four English regional bodies.