HC Deb 13 March 1968 vol 760 c287W
46. Mr. Wingfield Digby

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he is taking to reduce unemployment in the South-West, in view of the high percentage of unemployment in that area; and what percentage of the population there enjoys the advantages of a development area.

Mrs. Gwyneth Dunwoody

The Government offer a wide range of inducements to firms to move to or expand in the development areas, including the South Western development area. In the South-West outside the development area unemployment in February, 1968, was just below the national average, but the industrial development certificate policy is operated flexibly to take account of the problems of particular localities. Ten per cent. of the insured population of the South-Western region lives in the South-Western development area.