§ Mr. Robin F. Cook
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his Department's definition of deprived areas or areas at risk as used in his answer to the hon. Member for Edinburgh, Central on 5 December 1978.
§ Mr. Hugh D. Brown
It would be impracticable to define rigidly deprived areas or areas at risk. Objective data are limited and can only assist in deciding what is such an area. Consequently I have to take into account the experience and advice of local authorities and my own advisers.