§ 47. Mr. Tony Lloyd
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the long-term future of the economy of north-west England.
§ Mr. Major
The Government do not publish long-term forecasts of the regional economies, but my assessment is that the prospects for north-west England are good, deriving from a more broadly based and flexible economy. For example, the region has one of the most rapidly falling unemployment rates in the United Kingdom.
§ 96. Mr. Sumberg
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the economic growth rate in the north-west of England for the last two years for which figures are available.