Industrial Development Certificates

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th February 1972.

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Photo of Mrs Renée Short Mrs Renée Short , Wolverhampton North East 12:00 am, 7th February 1972

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that since his Government came to power the whole country has become a development area? I do not know about the issue of I.D.C.s in the West Midlands but I know that unemployment there is rising towards 10 per cent., whereas until the present Government came to office the figure was about 2 per cent. What does the Secretary of State intend to do to see that this amazing situation in one of the richest industrial areas in the country is remedied and the area made able to stand where it was before?