HC Deb 25 February 1960 vol 618 c75W
Mr. Pentland

asked the President of the Board of Trade why the Chester-le-Street constituency area has been excluded from the list of development districts; and, in view of the increasing unemployment rate, and the dependence of the area on the coal mining industry, what action he proposes to take to induce new industries to the area.

Mr. Maudling

The two employment exchange areas which form the Chester-le-Street constituency are not on the initial list of development districts because, in the opinion of the Board of Trade, they are not localities in which a persistently high rate of unemployment exists or is expected. Projects to be located in Chester-le-Street could, however, be considered for assistance under the Bill if they would provide employment for workers living in a development district.

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