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Inward Investment

Volume 131: debated on Wednesday 13 April 1988

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To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will give a breakdown of inward investment in Britain by standard English region and for Scotland and Wales for each year since 1979, showing the amount received in each region as a proportion of the total in each year.

The following are the Invest in Britain Bureau (IBB) figures for inward investments announced in each year since 1979 for the United Kingdom by standard English region, Scotland and Wales (with Northern Ireland added). Table 1 shows for each region the number of projects as a proportion of the total for each year. Table 2 shows for each region the number of associated jobs (both new and safeguarded) as a proportion of each year's total. The data include only those inward investment projects currently known to the IBB. The associated capital investment is not known.

Table 2

The number of associated jobs (both new and safeguarded): proportions of each year's total (in percentage terms)
for each United Kingdom region

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

England
North East10166561081014
North West35712678107
Yorkshire and Humberside8511321216
West Midlands66311415152316
East Midlands822832223
South East66612188211210
South West135131234363
Scotland19243521282218918
Wales618129131991716
Northern Ireland20151518611597
United Kingdom100100100100100100100100100

Note: Some non-addition due to rounding errors.