GDP per Capita - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:45 pm on 11th June 2019.

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Photo of Lord Blunkett Lord Blunkett Labour 2:45 pm, 11th June 2019

My Lords, is it not true—perhaps the Minister could confirm this—that the England figure hides the most enormous disparity between London and the south-east and the rest of the country? That gap in GVA, GDP and productivity can be met only by a proposal put forward by the commission chaired by the noble Lord, Lord Kerslake, equivalent to the kind of investment and programme put in place by West Germany when it combined with East Germany. That would overcome not only the disparity described this afternoon but the deep alienation and division that exists in our country.