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Financial Assistance (Greater Manchester)

Volume 33: debated on Tuesday 30 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry what categories of financial assistance are now available to manufacturing firms within Greater Manchester.

[pursuant to his reply, 26 November 1982, c. 588]: The main assistance measures currently provided by the Department of Industry and therefore available to the manufacturing firms within Greater Manchester are as follows:

  • (a) General support arrangements under section 8 of the Industry Act 1972 for assisting large projects;
  • (b) Six schemes offering assistance under section 8 of the Industry Act are as follows:
  • (i) Flexible manufacturing—including robotics—scheme;
  • (ii) Coal firing scheme;
  • (iii) Private sector steel;
  • (iv) Microelectronics industry support programme;
  • (v) Computer aided design and test equipment support;
  • (vi) Small firms loans guarantee scheme.
  • (c) Support for innovation; a general support facility for promoting research and development. Special arrangements within this facility include:
  • (i) Microeletronics application project;
  • (ii) Information technology;
  • (iii) Fibre optics and optoelectronics scheme;
  • (iv) Electronic computer aided design, manufacture and test;
  • (v) Computer aided design and computer aided manufacture;
  • (vi) Software products scheme;
  • (vii) Advisory service for small and medium-sized companies.
  • In addition, regional support under the Industry Act 1972 is available to firms in the assisted parts of Greater Manchester—the travel-to-work areas of Bolton, Leigh, Rochdale and Wigan. This support covers:

  • (a) Regional development grants, at 15 per cent. to manufacturing firms in development areas (Rochdale and Wigan).
  • (b) Selective assistance under section 7 of the Act in all categories of assisted areas.
  • (c) Inclusion in the assisted areas factory building programmes of the English Industrial Estates Corporation. There will remain the scope for extending existing EIEC factories outside the assisted areas.
  • (d) Assistance from the quota section of the European regional development fund.