HC Deb 30 April 1981 vol 3 c426W
Q12. Mr. Steen

asked the Prime Minister if she will define the responsibilities of each Government Department which is concerned with the implementation of the arrangements setting up the enterprise zones, announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his 1980 Budget; and what progress is being made in establishing each one.

The Prime Minister

The English zone and policy for enterprise zones generally are the the responsibility of the Secretary of State for the Environment. The Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland zones are the responsibilities of the Secretaries of State for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland respectively. The consent of the Treasury is required before a zone is designated.

We hope the zones will come into operation as follows:

  • Corby, Dudley, Swansea: June 1981
  • Clydebank, Hartlepool, Newcastle/Gateshead, Salford/
  • Trafford, Speke (Liverpool), Wakefield: July/August 1981 Belfast, Isle of Dogs: By the end of 1981