§ Mr. Willey
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what further possibilities he is considering regarding the regional employment premium; and whether this consideration includes increasing the amount of the premium in view of the effects of inflation and to offset the subsidies enjoyed by workers in congested areas on commuter travel.
§ Mr. Gregor Mackenzie
We have powers to increase the rate of REP. The provisions in the Finance Bill to continue payment will continue these powers also. We shall not hesitate to use them if circumstances justify doing so.