LOCATION of industry policy in Great Britain has its origins in the Special Areas Act of 1934, which marked the beginning of government's acknowledgment of the need to influence the distribution of industry. Since then, successive governments have continued to accept the need. But ideas on how the need should be met have changed considerably, although almost entirely constrained by the principle of taking the work to the workers. Such changes as have taken place in location policy have often led to companies alleging inconsistency on the part of government since the companies have found themselves left high and dry by a change in policy which, having influenced a decision on location, now by‐passes them.
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