HC Deb 18 October 1971 vol 823 cc26-7W
Mr. Bottomley

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if, in view of an unemployment rate of 7.2 per cent. in Middlesbrough, and the fact that 567 boys and girls who left school in the summer are still without jobs, he will reconsider his decision and designate Teesside as a special development area.

Mr. Anthony Grant

I recognise the difficulties of Teesside but the addition of special development area benefits to the considerable development area benefits already available there could not be justified in relation to the more deep-seated problems of existing special development areas.