HC Deb 22 February 1968 vol 759 c627
5. Mr. Ridsdale

asked the Secretary of State for Economic Affairs what decisions he has now reached on the report and study for the South-East.

Mr. Shore

The Government are giving careful consideration to the report of the South-East Economic Planning Council, but it raises complex issues and I cannot yet say when the Government's views will be announced.

Mr. Ridsdale

Is the Minister aware that the new plan, unlike the old, does not give any I.D.C.s to balance the increased residential population which will be coming in? Could he cast some light on this and say whether it is Government policy to give some I.D.C.s in this area?

Mr. Shore

The South-East Council plan is a draft strategy for the period up to 1981 and, indeed, looking beyond. I do not think that I.D.C. policy was developed very closely in the plan. It will be a matter for consultation between Government Departments.

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