§ 55. Mr. Spriggs
asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will give the reasons why St. Helens, formerly a special development area, has been downgraded to development area status in the light of the fact that it has a growing unemployment problem with one major industry making every effort to reduce its labour force.
§ Mr. David Mitchell
As with a number of other of the special development 11W areas, we considered that St. Helens' position no longer justified indefinite continuation of this grading. That part of the St. Helens travel-to-work area—Haydock—which used to be an intermediate area, has, however, been made a development area.