HC Deb 29 June 1967 vol 749 c736
41. Mr. Barnett

asked the First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Economic Affairs on what research his recommendations for the regional employment premium were based.

Mr. Shore

The analytical background to the regional employment premium proposal was given in the Green Paper and some major points were expanded in the White Paper, Cmnd. 3310.

Mr. Barnett

Is it not a fact that there is no evidence in the Green Paper or the White Paper that any basic research was done to ascertain the practical reasons that make businessmen move into particular areas?

Mr. Shore

I think that my hon. Friend has in mind a much more far-reaching inquiry into the location of industry generally. While I would certainly agree that it is desirable that we should know a good deal more about this, he would be wrong to assume that we have not some knowledge of the matter and that studies are not proceeding.

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