HC Deb 09 December 1981 vol 14 c435W
Mr. Alfred Morris

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received from the Greater Manchester association of metropolitan authorities about the decline in the industrial and employment structure of Greater Manchester; what reply he is sending; what action he is taking; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. King

I have received from the association a document "The Case for Development Area Status for the County Area".

Some aspects of the association's case are of interest to me, but the primary responsibility rests with my hon. Friend the Minister of State, Department of Industry. I refer the right hon. Member to the reply he has been given today indicating that the Minister is prepared to receive a deputation.