asked the Secretary of State for Industry what is his estimate of the loss in jobs and, over a full year, in finance to (a) the city of Manchester and (b) greater Manchester from (i) loss of assisted area status and (ii) loss of regional development grants; and if he will tabulate the kinds of aid removed from each of these areas as a result of the loss of assisted area status.
It is not practicable to relate future expenditure on regional incentives, or changes in such expenditure, to levels of employment in particular parts of the country. The changes in regional industrial policy form part of the Government's policies to encourage industry to become more competititive and expand, thus providing a sounder basis for employment in the longer term. They are also designed to concentrate assistance on those parts of the country with the most intractable problems of unemployment and to treat different parts of the country more consistently and fairly.Those parts of Greater Manchester due to become non-assisted areas on 1 August 1982, which include the city of Manchester, will cease to be eligible for:
Consideration is being given to the eligibility of areas for tourism grants under section 4 of the Development of Tourism Act 1969 following the review of the assisted areas.
Within Greater Manchester we have upgraded the Wigan "travel-to-work" area from intermediate to development area status, because of its persistent high unemployment.