HC Deb 10 December 1964 vol 703 cc212-3W
44. Sir W. Anstruther-Gray

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will designate as development areas counties such as Berwickshire that are suffering from serious depopulation.

Mr. Jay

The criterion for designating localities as development districts is laid down in the Local Employment Act, 1960, and is based on a high rate of unemployment. I have no powers to list a place as a development district on grounds of depopulation.