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Assisted Areas Status

Volume 974: debated on Wednesday 21 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will visit Aberdeen and discuss with the appropriate authorities the implications which the loss of development status will have on the North-East of Scotland.

I have no immediate plans to visit the North-East of Scotland but I had a meeting with representatives of Grampian regional council in September, when one of the items discussed was the loss of assisted area status in the North-East of Scotland.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when in 1980 he anticipates that the interim review for Scotland will be published, indicating any possible revision of the development status which will include the North-East of Scotland as a whole.

No interim review of the status of assisted areas in Scotland is planned. As the Government announced in July, there is to be a review, before the final step in changes in assisted area status is taken in 1982, of those areas in the United Kingdom which are being downgraded by more than one step.