§ 12. Mr. Gibson-Watt
asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether he intends to seek further consultations with the 699 Mid-Wales Industrial Development Association to make plans for alleviating rural depopulation.
§ Mr. Cledwyn Hughes
My department is in close and frequent touch with the Mid-Wales Industrial Development Association on all aspects of the problems of this area.
§ Mr. Gibson-Watt
Has the Secretary of State already received from the Mid-Wales Industrial Development Association any reaction to the Selective Employment Tax, and, if so, will he tell us what it has said about this brutal, blunt instrument of taxation?
§ Mr. Hughes
I have received no such report. I shall not refer today to the many brutal and blunt actions taken by the hon. Gentleman's own Government during their 13 years.
§ Mr. Hooson
Is the Secretary of State aware that, according to my information, the greatest present need in mid-Wales appears to be the need for further housing? Is he in close touch with the Mid-Wales Industrial Development Association in order to have its views and help in this direction?
§ Mr. Hughes
Yes, Sir. I think that there will be developments over the next few months in this direction.