§ Q4. Mr. Meacher
asked the Prime Minister if he will make an official visit to South-East Lancashire.
§ Mr. Meacher
Perhaps it is a pity on this occasion, since the right hon. Gentleman could see that South-East Lancashire has the most old-fashioned and industrial property in the country. Is the Prime Minister aware that the industrial redevelopment of the North-West will never approach its potential until the scope of the dereliction clearance grants is extended to cover disused, eyesore industrial properties? How long will Lancashire continue to be penalised for having originated the Industrial Revolution?
§ The Prime Minister
In this case I agree with the hon. Member's general thesis. He must realise, however, that no Government have done more than this one to provide inducements and resources to enable the complete regeneration of the North-West to take place.