HC Deb 04 December 1996 vol 286 c694W
28. Mr. Turner

To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the impact of the European Commission's first cohesion report on the regional policy of the United Kingdom. [5808]

Mr. Greg Knight

The European Commission's cohesion report demonstrates the United Kingdom's success on unemployment, and in combining economic growth and job creation—unlike much of the rest of Europe. The report also shows that the UK is one of the few countries where regional unemployment differences have decreased, and that since 1989 there has been a narrowing of relative GDP between UK regions.