The Government's taxation and other policies are designed to encourage industry to expand. South Yorkshire, with the exception of the Sheffield travel-to-work area, is to remain an assisted area, while we have raised the Mexborough and Rotherham travel-to-work areas to development area status.
Does the Minister realise that in South Yorkshire there are still these large pockets of unemployment, which will be aggravated by the Government's policy of making vicious cuts in public expenditure? Will he look again at this problem and take into account the fact that local authorities are doing their best to build factories and plants, and that even the South Yorkshire county council became involved? Will he give further encouragement to them?
Public expenditure cuts are necessary to enable us to live within our means. The central point of the hon. Gentleman's question is answered by the fact that our policies are designed on the basis of providing incentives, of removing the burdens that afflict industry, and of encouraging the creation and expansion of jobs and the economy generally.