asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he plans to give assisted area status to the midlands area coalfields; and if he will make a statement.
I have no plans to extend coverage of the assisted areas beyond those parts of the midlands area coalfields which are already designated. I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for South Ribble (Mr. Atkins) on 17 February at columns 526–27.