Industrial Development Certificates

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th February 1972.

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Photo of Mrs Sally Oppenheim Mrs Sally Oppenheim , Gloucester 12:00 am, 7th February 1972

Will not my right hon. Friend accept that in order to create jobs and encourage industrial investment it is urgently necessary to review I.D.C. policy; and that it is highly probable that this will be recommended by the C.B.I., especially in relation to small firms which, once an I.D.C. has lapsed, do not go to development areas but abandon any projects they may have, with the result that jobs are lost altogether? Will my right hon. Friend con- firm that although the last Government were particularly inflexible in this respect the present Government intend to be more sensible?