HC Deb 14 June 1967 vol 748 cc544-5
57. Mr. Wall

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will make an order under the Industrial Development Act, 1966 to implement, as far as the city of Kingston upon Hull is concerned, the proposal made by the Yorkshire and Humberside Economic Planning Council that investment grants should be payable in the region at a level half-way between that of the present development area and non-development area grants.

Mr. Jay

No, Sir, I do not believe this is the right policy for meeting the problems of Kingston upon Hull.

Mr. Wall

Does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that there is a great gap between the treatment of industries inside the development areas and the treatment of those outside? Is there not a case for some middle treatment of places like Kingston upon Hull which do not come up to the criteria required for a development area?

Mr. Jay

The hon. Gentleman does not appreciate that middle treatment is now being given to these areas. In an area like Kingston upon Hull we follow an I.D.C. policy which is completely different from that which we follow in the Midlands or the South-East, and it is very similar to what we follow in the development areas.

Mr. Edwin Wainwright

Is my right hon. Friend aware that because of emigration many grey areas are being formed in the Yorkshire and Humberside region, and will he therefore have some consultations with the local authorities of those areas to ensure that the grey areas are removed?

Mr. Jay

Yes, Sir. I did that last week.

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