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Regional Aid

Volume 98: debated on Wednesday 4 June 1986

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is his estimate of the number of firms in the northern region which have received regional development grant payments since 1979 and have subsequently closed down or announced redundancies; and if he will give an estimate of the number of jobs involved.

[pursuant to his reply 3 June 1986, c. 409]: As the hon. Gentleman will appreciate, the precise information requested is not available. To provide estimates could only be misleading.