HC Deb 20 July 1970 vol 804 cc15-6W
92 and 93. Mr. Pentland

asked the Minister of Technology (1) what special steps he proposes to take to attract new industries to the Chester-le-Street constituency area;

(2) if he will give an undertaking that the areas of the Chester-le-Street constituency area enjoying special development area status will continue to hold such status under the Government's development area policy.

Mr. Ridley

My right hon. Friend has at present no plans for changes in the special development area status of the Chester-le-Street and Birtley employment exchange areas. Special development area and ordinary development area incentives, as appropriate, remain available for new projects and expansions in the hon. Member's constituency, and the Ministry of Technology will continue to draw the attention of suitable firms to the advantages of locating there.