§ 11. Mr. Ridsdale
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer why the computer for the Inland Revenue to serve the eastern area, including Essex and other neighbouring counties, is being situated in Tyneside and the North-East.
§ Mr. Harold Lever
The Tyneside area was selected because it was an area which both met the operational requirements of the Inland Revenue and accorded with the Government's regional development policy. The decision was taken after the most careful review of the alternatives both inside and outside the eastern region.
§ Mr. Ridsdale
As the eastern region is a comparatively low wage area and has some places of unemployment higher than the north-east, would the hon. Gentleman look at this again?