asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will make a statement on his Department's policy in relation to inner city areas.
The Government are aware of the problems that exist in inner city areas and are sponsoring a number of studies. As my hon. Friend said in his statement on 18th July last—[Vol. 877, c. 259–60.]—we give sympathetic consideration to IDC applications by existing occupants for projects in these areas which involve no more than modest increases in labour and no significant change in the range of products.