§ Mr. Mason
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations have been made to his Department, and by whom, to grant the South Yorkshire coalfield full development status; and whether, in view of the level of unemployment in this region, especially among coalminers, he is prepared to consider these requests.
§ Mr. Anthony Grant
I can trace none, apart from representations made by hon. Members in the House. Intermediate area benefits have been available in the Yorkshire coalfield for little more than a year, and they should be given time to have their full effect.