27. Mr. Bob Brown
asked the First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, in view of the report of the Northern Economic Planning Council, Challenge of the changing North, to what extent it is his policy that the northern region should absorb part of the growing national population; if he will establish Tees-side as a national growth area rather than a regional growth area; and if he will make a statement.
Is it not high time that we got away from the two-nation concept? Surely my hon. Friend accepts that to do this we must not merely stop the drift from the North but reverse it.