§ Mr. Tony Lloyd
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will explain his reasons for his decision to withdraw industrial support funding from the information technology centre 6502 in Moss Side, Manchester; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Norman Lamont
As with all information technology centres, Moss Side 6502 has been eligible for pump-priming support of £75,000 over a period of 3 years. The extent of the support was made clear at the outset of th ITEC programme in 1983 and all ITECs have been encouraged to engage in commercial activities to ensure sufficient funding after the support is exhausted. I understand that in the case of Moss Side 6502 the £75,000 has been taken up.