§ 29. Mr. Wingfield Digby
asked the Secretary of State for Industry, Trade and Regional Development whether, in his regional studies, special consideration will be given to so called market towns, many of which have lost or are losing their markets and other economic activities on which they depended, in some cases the barracks of the county regiment, owing to amalgamations; and what plan, he has to re-establish the prosperity of these towns.
§ The Secretary of State for Industry, Trade and Regional Development and President of the Board of Trade (Mr. Edward Heath)
Yes, sir. As I explained in answer to a Question by my hon. Friend the Member for Horncastle (Sir J. Maitland) on 12th March, the prosperity of these towns depends on the economic circumstances of the areas surrounding them and plans for their future development will be considered in that context.
The Report on the South-East was concerned, in particular, with the great growth in population and the problems of London. But the Joint Committee on the economy of the South-West is considering the scope of the studies, in economic development which it wishes to carry out and which we have offered to support.