§ 5. Mr. Marlow
asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will indicate the outcome of his latest departmental study of the provision of small factory units.
§ Mr. MacGregor
We have reviewed the effects of the improved industrial building allowance for small industrial premises announced in the 1980 Budget. The measure has been extremely effective in bringing back private investment to that market and, as a consequence, we estimate that it has tripled the supply. There remains a shortage of smaller units below 1,250 square feet.