§ Mr. Shore
I visited Liverpool on 15th September. I had a wide ranging series of discussions with members and chief officers of the city council and the Merseyside County Council. I also toured the inner areas of the city. My visit gave me the chance to see at first hand and discuss with the authorities involved the complex problems of an inner city area in which the population has declined by 40 per cent. since 1961. My general approach on inner city problems was set out in the speech I made two days later.