HC Deb 06 December 1978 vol 959 cc683-4W
Mr. Hoyle

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will include the other public authorities in North East Lancashire, as well as Blackburn, in the inner cities Bill.

Mr. Guy Barnett:

In drawing up the list of authorities to be designated under the Inner Urban Areas Act, I gave careful consideration to all cases put forward. Blackburn was an obvious case for designation in North-East Lancashire. I would not wish to depart from the general principle of designating only a limited number of authorities, which suffer the greatest concentration of problems and which must therefore receive the highest priority.