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Assisted Areas (Grants)

Volume 12: debated on Monday 9 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he intends to continue the programme for reducing the number of grades of assisted areas qualifying for automatic grants.

My right hon. Friend intends to continue with the Government's programme for concentrating regional aid on the areas of greatest need, which was announced on 17 July 1979 and is due to be completed by 1 August 1982.