I cannot give a firm date for when that decision will be made. As the hon. and learned Gentleman is aware, the board's basic role has been to develop the industrial infrastructure of its area, for precisely the reasons that he stated.
Does my hon. Friend believe that the opening up of the mid-Wales development factories for service industries, which I welcomed when the change was made, is having a beneficial effect on the utilisation of those factories?
I am sure that the Minister and the whole House will not think it appropriate for me to ask a question about mid-Wales without referring to my late predecessor, Lord Maelor, and putting on record the appreciation of his constituents for his long and devoted service to Merioneth.
When does the Minister expect to make a firm statement about the board's allocation? Does he accept that it is essential to the board's long-term planning that it has a regular allocation, which is increased in terms of the needs of mid-Wales?
I am sorry that I cannot go much further than I did a few moments ago, but we hope to be able to announce a decision soon. I appreciate the hon. Gentleman's last point. Conservative Members would like to add their tribute to those paid to the former Member for Merioneth.
Is my hon. Friend aware of the extreme worry felt in Glen Dhu at the possibility of its losing intermediate area status? Will he guarantee that its status will not change?