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Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th November 1989.

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Photo of Mr Timothy Kirkhope Mr Timothy Kirkhope , Leeds North East 12:00 am, 28th November 1989

To ask the Prime Minister if she will make an official visit to Leeds.

Photo of Mr Timothy Kirkhope Mr Timothy Kirkhope , Leeds North East

Does not the recent announcement that the National Health Service executive and the social security directorate are to move to Leeds—with 2,000 members of staff—show the Government's true commitment to the interests of the people of the north of England? Does not it also provide further proof that Leeds and West Yorkshire are drawing people to them like a magnet?

Photo of Mrs Margaret Thatcher Mrs Margaret Thatcher The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party

I agree with my hon. Friend that the move of the Health Service executive and the social security directorate to Leeds is greatly to be welcomed. I believe that they will give a better service at less cost. They are fortunate to be able to move to that part of the world where they will have facilities which are much better than they are in London. I hope that the move will add much to the attraction of Leeds for others who may wish to move there.