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Mid-Wales (Assisted Area Status)

Volume 22: debated on Friday 30 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales why the industry department of his office has

Reception into certain prisons in default of payment of a fine, 1 January to 30 June 1981
PrisonTotal Number of receptionsPercentage of those received aged under 21As a percentage of all receptions under sentence of imprisonment

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of fine defaulters received into (a) Wandsworth, (b) Leeds, (c) Liverpool, (d) Birmingham and (e) Manchester prisons in the last six months for which figures are available were unemployed.

The information requested is not recorded centrally. already implemented a decision to downgrade the assisted area status of Mid-Wales through stating that all applications for special financial assistance must be received by 30 April 1982 and that officers of his Department will not attend meetings to discuss projects after this date.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply which my hon. Friend the Minister of State, Department of Industry gave to the hon. Member for Enfield, North (Mr. Eggar) on 2 April 1982β€”[Vol. 21, c. 199]β€”in which the Government's reasons for introducing a cut-off date were explained. My hon. Friend made it clear that the introduction of these arrangements was without prejudice to the further review of those areas in Great Britain which are due to be downgraded on 1 August 1982.