Regional Economic Development

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:59 am on 13th February 2001.

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Photo of Mr Paul Tyler Mr Paul Tyler Liberal Democrat, North Cornwall 9:59 am, 13th February 2001

The hon. Lady referred to the previous Conservative Government. Does she also recall that successive Conservative Ministers failed to recognise that Devon and Cornwall's circumstances were special and refused to apply for NUTS2 status, which would have brought a local dimension to solving economic problems? Only when that obstruction was overcome did Cornwall manage to gain objective 1 status, and parts of Devon objective 2 status.