§ Mr. Barnett
asked the First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Economic Affairs what research he has carried out into the reasons why, in the past, companies in areas of great labour shortage have not moved to development districts where labour was known to be available; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Shore
A considerable amount of research has been done and is being done on this subject. There exist several published studies by outside bodies, including one commissioned by the Board of Trade and others which have been done with official help. Also this Department has recently commissioned a major analysis of regional economic development which is being undertaken by the National Institute for Economic and Social Research.