HC Deb 08 May 1969 vol 783 cc645-6
24. Mr. Scott-Hopkins

asked the Secretary of State for Economic Affairs if he will now include the areas of Matlock and Wirksworth in those areas to receive additional help following the Report of the Hunt Committee.

Mr. Urwin

As my right hon. Friend said in his statement on 24th April, the precise boundaries of the new intermediate areas will be announced after the Whitsun Recess, when we have received the views of the regional economic planning councils.—[Vol. 782, c. 668–72.]

Mr. Scott-Hopkins

Would the hon. Gentleman bear in mind that in this area the traditional industry of stone quarrying is declining and will decline even faster in the near future? Will he review the criteria laid down by my right hon. Friend on which areas should or should not be designated in future?

Mr. Urwin

That point will be borne in mind. Discussions and consultations with the planning councils are currently taking place, and we shall be in a position to make a statement after the Whitsun Recess.