§ Commander Kerans
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he proposes to make any further changes in the list of development districts.
§ Mr. P. Browne
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is yet prepared to include Bideford in the list of development districts.
§ Mr. Erroll
Yes. I have added to the list of Development Districts Bideford, Widnes and Teesside (which comprises the Employment Exchange areas of Haverton Hill (Billingham), Middlesbrough, Redcar, South Bank, and Stockton and Thornaby). I have also decided to resume acceptance of applications for assistance under the Local Employment Act for projects in Aspatria and in the Workington Group of Employment Exchange areas, where unemployment has persisted at a higher rate than was expected when these places were removed from the Active List of Development Districts. I hope that these decisions will help to encourage the introduction and expansion of industry in these areas.