HC Deb 27 May 1971 vol 818 c207W
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.