HC Deb 12 February 1997 vol 290 cc243-4W
Mr. Donald Anderson

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what changes he plans to make to his policy to redress the imbalance in economic activity and inward investment between south-east Wales and south-west Wales. [14422]

Mr. Hague

I would like to see more investment in the western parts of Wales and in those other areas that have so far not been the principal beneficiaries of inward investment.

I will therefore set the Welsh Development Agency new and more demanding targets for inward investment outside the eastern M4 and A55 corridors. Additionally, I am asking the WDA, within agreed UK and European limits, to recognise the extra costs of locating in some areas by being prepared to give more assistance to companies locating in those areas than to equivalent projects elsewhere.