§ Mr. Foster
asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will now designate the Wear Valley district council area as a special development area in view of its current unemployment rate of 15.2 per cent.
§ Mr. MacGregor
Assisted areas are designated by reference to travel-to-work areas, as has been the practice of successive Governments. My right hon. Friend is satisfied that the assisted area gradings of the Central Durham and Darlington and South-West Durham travel-to-work areas, which together cover the Wear Valley district council area, remain appropriate.