§ Mr. J. H. Osborn
asked the Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, what steps he will take to prevent regional planning councils in development areas such as the North-East, from attracting industries away from grey areas, and in particular areas covered by the Yorkshire and Humberside Development Council.
§ Mr. Shore
The function of regional planning councils is to advise the Government on issues of regional significance in the light of national priorities. They do not engage in publicity to attract industries to their regions. The North-East Development Council, which is an independent body, does engage in such publicity, and the Government has indicated to them its views on their recent advertising campaign to attract industry from Yorkshire and Humberside.