§ Ms. Armstrong
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what plans he has for the future of the inner city task forces.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
I announced an expansion of the inner cities initiative to 16 task forces on 27 April 1987, at column 31. Leaders and other staff of the task forces are now being appointed and premises found in the city areas they cover. Task forces are intended to promote local initiative and to improve the targeting of Government programmes in the chosen area. We are not committed to 16—task forces will be ended when they have completed their work, and new ones formed in areas which appear promising for this kind of pilot initiative.