§ 45. Mr. Blair
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he has considered the recommendations about the industrial development of the northern region in the "State of the Region Report, 1983" by the North of England County Council's Association, a copy of which has been sent to him; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Trippier
Since my colleague the Secretary of State for the Environment is to meet a delegation from NECCA in the near future, at which my own Department will also be represented, I will not comment in detail on the recommendation of the report. However, it will no doubt form the basis of NECCA's formal contribution to the general debate on regional industrial policy, following the publication of the Government's White Paper.