Factory Sites, Scotland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply. – in the House of Commons on 12th February 1941.

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Photo of Mr Alexander Sloan Mr Alexander Sloan , South Ayrshire

asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware that extreme difficulty is experienced in securing sites for new industries in the Glasgow area; and will he call for a survey of Ayrshire, which is eminently suitable for industrial purposes, especially those that can be converted to peace-time industry?

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

I am not aware that any difficulty has been experienced in securing sites for Ministry of Supply factories in the Glasgow area. As regards the second part of the Question, I will convey the suggestion to my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

Will the right hon. Gentleman, in considering the matter, remember how much he owes to Ayrshire?

Photo of Mr Arthur Woodburn Mr Arthur Woodburn , Clackmannan and Eastern

Will the right hon. Gentleman also, in considering the matter, bear in mind the report of the Committee on the Location of Industry, and that the diversion of a large number of new factories to Glasgow is going to recreate the problem which the intensification of industry has created in London?

Photo of Mr Alexander Sloan Mr Alexander Sloan , South Ayrshire

Will the right hon. Gentleman remember the state of devastation to which Ayrshire was reduced after the last war?

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

I am sure the hon. Member will give me credit for knowing something about Ayrshire.