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Local Authorities (Policies And Planning)

Volume 949: debated on Friday 12 May 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will make funds available to the larger local authorities so that they can prepare input-output tables for their areas, to provide a more effective basis for employment policies, planning and, in particular, a reappraisal of regional policy and selective assistance schemes for industry.

An experimental project has just been launched in North Staffordshire. The work is being undertaken by Keele University in consultation with Staffordshire County Council and is funded by my Department. I think we should wait and see how successful this is before considering whether work on input-output tables can usefully be extended.