§ Mr. Wainwright
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he plans any new initiatives in policy towards urban economic development in the light of the findings of the Economic and Social Research Council in its publication "Critical Issues in Urban Economic Development"; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Tracey
The Department has had extensive contacts with the ESRC in the course of their inner cities research programme. Its findings are taken into account in the development of policy, although none of the current urban initiatives is solely attributable to them.