§ Mrs. Wise
ask the Secretary of State for Industry if he will now ensure that the giving of Government financial assistance to private industry, except where this is a statutory entitlement, will now be made conditional on the signing of planning agreements, in the light of the importance placed on planning agreements in the joint statement by the Trades Union Congress and the Government of February 1979.
§ Mr. Les Huckfield
Government policy remains as stated in the White Paper, "The Regeneration of British Industry", and during debate on the Industry Bill 1975 by my right hon. Friend, the then Secretary of State for Industry.