AgustaWestland: Government Assistance

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 2nd November 2010.

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Photo of Ian Lucas Ian Lucas Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

(1) what discussions his Department has had with the South West of England Regional Development Agency on the financial assistance proposed to be provided to AgustaWestland in the Spending Review;

(2) what representations he has received on the financial assistance proposed to be provided to AgustaWestland in the Spending Review.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Since 2009, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has had a number of discussions with the South West of England Regional Development Agency and other interested parties about possible support for AgustaWestland. Since the election, the Secretary of State has received representations on the future of the UK's rotorcraft industry from the management of AgustaWestland, and its parent company Finmeccanica. In addition, he has also had representations from David Laws in his capacity as the constituency MP.

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