HC Deb 04 March 1981 vol 1000 c141W
Sir William Elliott

asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether, in view of the announcement by the Secretary of State for the Environment on 17 December 1980 of plans for the joint Departments of the Environment and Transport regional offices, he proposes to make any changes in his Department's regional organisation.

Sir Keith Joseph

Yes. I propose to transfer Cumbria from the Northern to the North-West region, the remaining parts of the Northern region to be known as the North Eastern region, with effect from 1 April 1981. No other changes are contemplated.