§ 17. Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what formal review mechanism he has set up to consider modifications to the designation of areas for regional development assistance, in view of the rapid change in the employment prospects of many areas over recent months.
§ Mr. David Mitchell
No formal review mechanism is necessary. In his statement of 17 July last year my right hon. Friend undertook to review after two years the progress of those areas due to become non-assisted areas in 1982 by going down more than one step. Beyond this he is always prepared to consider the long term employment prospects of any area where there is a significant change in its circumstances relative to others.