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Trading Estates.

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 26th November 1936.

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Photo of Mr George Hall Mr George Hall , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare

asked the Minister of Labour what progress, if any, is being made in establishing the new trading estates in South Wales; will he give the location of these estates; and whether any applications have been made to establish new industries on the proposed estates?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I am informed that the South Wales and Monmouthshire Trading Estates Company, Limited, was registered on 27th June. Negotiations have been practically completed for a site at Treforest, south of Pontypridd and about seven miles north-west of Cardiff. Possession of the bulk of this site will be obtained within the next few days. Plans and specifications for its development are now being prepared, and it is anticipated that work will be started early in the new year. Twenty-four applications for sites have been received, but it is not known whether all of these will materialise. As regards the trading estate at Port Talbot, which it is hoped that private enterprise will establish, it is understood that negotiations are still proceeding.

Mr. CHARLES:

WILLIAMS: Is the right hon. Gentleman taking any steps to carry out the proposal to set up a calcium carbide works in South Wales or some other distressed area?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

That is another issue.