HC Deb 16 December 1983 vol 50 c594W
Mr. Marlow

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether, following the White Paper on regional industrial development, Cmnd. 9111, it will be possible to divert resources to support particular industries on a nationwide basis.

Mr. Trippier

Support for particular industries on a nationwide basis would involve choosing which industries to support, and that implies centralised planning and picking winners. The Government will not divert resources from regional industry policy, for which there is a social case, for a sectoral policy of this kind.