Special and Development Areas

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13 March 1945.

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Photo of Mr Wilfrid Burke Mr Wilfrid Burke , Burnley 12:00, 13 March 1945

asked the President of the Board of Trade when and how were the special areas determined; and what are the differences between the special areas and the proposed development areas.

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

The special areas were determined in 1934 on the basis of inquiries conducted by His Majesty's Government at that time. The proposed development areas differ from the special areas by covering, in three cases out of four, a somewhat larger area and population.

Photo of Mr Wilfrid Burke Mr Wilfrid Burke , Burnley

Do the same factors apply, in the case of the areas that are added, as those which applied in the case of the special areas?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

Lancashire was not a special area.

Photo of Mr Wilfrid Burke Mr Wilfrid Burke , Burnley

But do the same factors apply to those areas that have been added to the special areas?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

I asked my hon. Friend last week, in reply to a similar question, whether he would be kind enough to await my speech on the Second Reading of the Distribution of Industry Bill, when I hope to go into the matter in detail.

Photo of Mr Wilfrid Burke Mr Wilfrid Burke , Burnley

It would help us very much to know in advance.

Photo of Mr William Foster Mr William Foster , Wigan

Was the percentage of unemployment existing in the area at the time the only factor, or were other factors taken into consideration?

Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland

I would be glad if my hon. Friend would let me develop this systematically, when the Second Reading of the Bill is moved.