§ Dr. Summerskill
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what regard he had to the 13.6 per cent. increase in unemployment in Halifax during the last year in reaching his decision not to resore Calderdale's assisted area status after 1982.
§ Mr. MacGregor
In taking decisions about assisted area status my right hon. Friend is required by the Industry Act 1972 to take account of a number of factors. One of these is the state of unemployment. The latest available figures show that the unemployment rate in Halifax is below that for the country as a whole, as was the average rate there for the whole of last year.