HC Deb 17 May 1976 vol 911 c359W
32. Mr. Cyril Smith

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will revise the boundaries of the development and intermediate areas in the light of current patterns of unemployment and employment opportunities.

Mr. Alan Williams

Regional industrial policy is concerned with long-term problems and it would be preferable not to revise the boundaries of the assisted areas when patterns of structural unemployment have been overlain by cyclical unemployment arising from the current recession.

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