Industrial Deconcentration

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th September 1944.

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Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland 12:00 am, 26th September 1944

In view of the heavy demands on our man-power and other resources for the war effort, full deconcentration is unlikely to be possible until after both Germany and Japan have been defeated. But, subject to the circumstances of each industry and in consulta- tion with those concerned, I shall take every opportunity, as labour and materials become available, to make a start with re-opening closed firms. As regards the hosiery industry, I am in consultation with representatives of the industry on deconcentration problems.