ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister for Industries and Production Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani on Monday informed the National Assembly that 321 industrial units had been closed down during the fiscal year 2009-10 in Khyber Pakh-tunkhwa and Balochistan due financial and managerial problems, power outages and law and order situation in the country. To a question, the federal minister informed the National Assembly that 307 industrial units had been closed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 14 in Balochistan. He further informed that Punjab was collecting information from the field offices while Sindh had not provided the information, however, it would be provided on the next Rota day. Urea prices have increased to Rs1060 per 50-kg bag in January 2011 from Rs841 in October 2010 due to the gas management plan for the fertilizer sector and to control the soaring prices, the government decided to import 2,25,000 tons of urea, the minister said in written reply to another question. The government would establish urea plants in the country under public-private partnership plan to overcome the urea shortage in the country. To a question regarding prices of cars in the country, Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani informed that the government had no role in fixing prices of cars, as its role was to provide policy framework including tariffs and non-tariffs policy measures. He further informed that Pak Suzuki increased its prices by an average of 3.4 percent during current fiscal year due to rupee depreciation against dollar and Japanese Yen. He hoped that prices of cars might reduce in the country, as the government had increased the age limit of the used cars from three to five years for import. The federal minister in another written reply said that prices of the different model of Pak Suzuki Motor Company Ltd had gone up to 44 percent in November 2010 as against prices in March-June 2008. Hazar Khan Bijarani in another written reply said that the government was preparing new industrial policy with extensive consultations with various sectors. Rana M Farooq Saeed Khan, Minister for Textile Industry, has informed the House that gas and electricity outages adversely affected the textile industry and the ministry in collaboration with stakeholders had tried to ensure uninterrupted supply of power to the textile industry. The minister for housing and works in a written reply said that the govt had released Rs28.596m so far for non-development category while the overall allocation was Rs50.981 million for it in the current fiscal year. The minister informed that the several housing schemes were being carried out in Islamabad, Lahore, Quetta, Turbat, and Karchi by Pakistan Housing Foundation under Prime Ministers Housing Programme.