HC Deb 13 March 1968 vol 760 cc286-7W
44. Mr. Brewis

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will take steps to make all areas with unemployment figures of over eight per cent. into special development areas.

Mrs. Gwyneth Dunwoody

The special development areas have been selected as those areas inside development areas likely to suffer most severely from colliery closures. There is no present intention of adding to the list of such areas.

59. Mr. G. Campbell

asked the President of the Board of Trade what response he has received from firms interested in moving to the development areas with special priority announced on 14th November, 1967.

Mrs. Gwyneth Dunwoody

It is too early to judge the success of the Special Development Areas, but I am satisfied that the financial assistance available there has stimulated greater interest in these areas.