HC Deb 11 April 1963 vol 675 cc185-6W
27. Dame Irene Ward

asked the President of the Board of Trade why Merseyside is scheduled in its entirety as a development area and Tyneside is not; and if he will take steps to schedule all Tyneside.

Mr. D. Price

Merseyside as such is not listed as a development district. Certain areas within it are listed, for the reason that high unemployment exists and is likely to persist. My right hon. Friend is not satisfied that high unemployment is likely to persist in those districts on Tyneside which are not listed. He will however continue to keep a careful watch on the position.