HC Deb 22 July 1986 vol 102 c179W
65. Mr. Favell

asked the Paymaster General what assessment he has made of the implication for employment in inner cities of the growth of out-of-town shopping centres; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

My Department has not made a detailed assessment. However, my hon. Friend will be aware that the Government announced the setting up of the inner city initiative on 6 February, which aims to improve the employment prospects of residents in eight inner city areas in England. We have set up task forces in each area and we will take account of such developments in preparing our local plans of action.