HC Deb 13 March 1968 vol 760 cc290-1W
54. Mr. Baker

asked the President of the Board of Trade what estimate he has made of the number of jobs the Government will create in development areas on the basis of present policies over the next two years, of the amount of public money expected to be disbursed in creating such jobs in a financial year, of the expenditure on advance factories, investment grants and other forms of assistance, respectively, and of the average cost per job of establishing such new employment.

Mrs. Gwyneth Dunwoody

It is not possible to make firm estimates of the additional jobs becoming available in the development areas in the next two years. There is, however, every reason to believe that the Government's policies towards these areas will do much to improve their position. The estimate of assistance to the development areas in 1967–68 is about £265 million. For the details I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my hon. Friend the Joint Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Economic Affairs to my hon. Friend the Member for Newark (Mr. Bishop) on 30th January, 1968.—[Vol. 757, c. 279–80.]