Will not a new form of local or regional Government be essential to see this plan through? What lead does my right hon. Friend's Ministry intend to give in this respect?
I had better not prejudge the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Local Government or, indeed, future proposals for the organisation of economic planning councils. I have been to see the eastern part of the area in which my hon. Friend is interested in order to complete the review which was started by my predecessor at the western end of the area.