Written Answers. - Industrial Grant Schemes.

122.

asked the Minister for Transport and Power if he will state the names and functions of all grant schemes operated by his Department for new and existing industries; the amount made available by each in the last financial year; and how this compares with similar agencies in Northern Ireland.

With a view to encouraging the efficient use of fuel in industry, grants of 50 per cent of the cost of fuel efficiency surveys are made available to industrial firms and hotels by my Department. The amount paid in respect of these grants during the year ended 31st March, 1968 was £1,165.

I understand that grants at a similar rate are payable for fuel efficiency surveys in Northern Ireland.

123.

asked the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries if he will state the names and functions of all grant schemes operated by his Department for new and existing industries; the amount made available by each in the last financial year; and how this compares with similar agencies in Northern Ireland.

Following is the information:

Scheme of Grants for

Function of Scheme

Expenditure in 1967-68

Glasshouse Nurseries.

To encourage the modernisation and expansion of existing nurseries to enable growers to expand output of tomatoes and other glasshouse produce.

£156,800

Co-operative packing and grading stations for horticultural produce.

To encourage the establishment by horticultural producers of co-operative packing and grading stations to market their produce.

£2,834

Modernisation of Bacon Factories.

To help the bacon industry to prepare for the competitive conditions of the EEC by bringing bacon factories, premises and equipment up to modern standards.

£137,417

Erection of Grain Stores with associated drying facilities for Oats in Western Counties.

To encourage the provision of extra storage with associated drying facilities for oats in specified counties.

Not in operation in 1967-68.

Technical Assistance to agriculture-based Industries.

Grants are made to firms in agriculture- based industries to meet the cost of (1) training management and supervisory personnel, (2) study courses abroad and (3) engagement of consultants to advise on matters related to the improvement of productive efficiency.

£39,181

Note 1. Grants paid by the Department direct to farmers are regarded as being outside the scope of the Question and have not been included in the reply.

Note 2. It is understood that schemes broadly comparable to the first three schemes above are operated by the Northern Ireland Ministries concerned. Details of expenditure under those schemes are not immediately available.

124.

asked the Minister for Local Government if he will state the names and functions of all grant schemes operated by his Department for new and existing industries; the amount made available by each in the last financial year; and how this compares with similar agencies in Northern Ireland.

Technical assistance grants are paid by my Department for attendance at training courses, study visits abroad and the engagement of consultants, in order to promote efficiency in the building industry. As the scheme was introduced in May last, no grants were paid in 1967-68.

I am not aware of any exactly analogous scheme in Northern Ireland.