HC Deb 07 May 1962 vol 659 cc18-20W
Mr. MacArthur

asked the President of the Board of Trade what further changes he proposes to make in the list of development districts.

Mr. Erroll

I am satisfied that high and persistent unemployment is no longer to be expected in the Isle of Wight, Bodmin or Bargoed and I am accordingly removing them from the list of development districts.

There are other districts which I hope soon to be able to remove from the list, but their prospects are not yet sufficiently definite to justify my doing so now. In order, however, to concentrate our efforts on the other development districts which still need assistance, I am now adding Filey, Scarborough and Pembroke Dock to those for which new applications for assistance under the Local Employment Act will no longer be accepted.

I am adding to the list of districts eligible for assistance under the Act the following localities: Consett, Stanley and Wingate in County Durham and the Kirkcaldy group in Fife. I hope that this step will help to secure new industrial development for these places.

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