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Topical Questions

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons on 1st October 2019.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

The former coalfields of England, Scotland and Wales have a combined population of 5.7 million. If they were treated as a single distinct region, that would be the poorest region in the United Kingdom. By any measure or definition, the coalfield communities are left-behind areas, so what fiscal policy steps is the Chancellor taking to address the specific structural and economic weaknesses of former coalfield areas such as mine in going forward with the shared prosperity fund?