§ Mr. Shore
Following my statement on 24th April, I have consulted the North-West Economic Planning Council about our proposed new measures of assistance to the region and the precise boundaries of the North-East Lancashire intermediate area. I have also received representations from a number of local authorities 1687 and other bodies in the region, whose views I have carefully considered.—[Vol. 782, c. 668–72.]
§ Mr. Ogden
Is my right hon. Friend aware that we in the North-West fully appreciate the massive aid which has been given by the Government to the region? Bearing in mind the likely advantages and disadvantages of aid based on geographical areas—either intermediate or development area—will he give an assurance that the more delicate mechanism of housing, urban renewal and this kind of development is given full consideration?
§ Mr. Arthur Davidson
May I further embarrass my right hon. Friend by congratulating him on the aid which he has given to North-East Lancashire, and particularly to my constituency, which is greatly welcomed? Will he ask his right hon. Friends to publicise the great advantages to industrialists of development and expansion in the North-East Lancashire region?
§ Sir C. Osborne
If the economic position generally is as rosy as the Chancellor made out yesterday, why is it that hon. Members on both sides of the House are continually complaining of poverty and unemployment in their own districts?
§ Mr. Shore
That is a very interesting question which shows that the hon. Gentleman has not thought at all about regional policy. The plain truth is that it is possible to have periods of national prosperity coupled with regional depressions, and we had this for many years under the Governments of right hon. Gentlemen opposite.