Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions - Local Opportunities

Mike Wood: The latest Office for National Statistics figures show that disposable household income was rising more quickly in the West Midlands than anywhere else in the country. Will the Chancellor consider creating further local enterprise zones such as Waterfront Business Park in Dudley South to help create further local growth, opportunities and prosperity for my constituents?

 

George Osborne Chancellor of the Exchequer and First Secretary of State

I welcome my hon. Friend to the House. I know that he will be a strong voice for Dudley. We are looking at smaller enterprise zones that are better fitted to areas such as his, to build on the success that we have had with the bigger enterprise zones. Enterprise zones for individual towns will help the west midlands and the black country to be an engine of growth for the British economy.