§ Q15. Mr. Andrew F. Bennett
asked the Prime Minister if, in view of the most recent unemployment figures for Stockport and other areas of Greater Manchester, she will ensure that the review of areas due to lose intermediate status is concluded more rapidly.
§ The Prime Minister
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Industry expects to announce in the spring the outcome of the review of those areas which were special development or development areas in 1979 and which, subject to the findings of the review, the Government then considered would no longer need assisted area status for regional industrial policy purposes from 1 August 1982.