asked the President of the Board of Trade the latest figures for approvals of new factories and extensions in Wales and Monmouthshire; how these figures compare with Scotland and England, respectively; and whether, on a percentage basis, this shows an improvement or decline in the relative position of Wales as compared with recent years.
I hope that my hon. Friend will study the figures. He will understand that for this year we have the figures for the first quarter only, which is a short period on which to base an annual estimate.
The figures, which are based on estimates of value made by applicants for industrial development certificates, are as follow:
|1952||1953||1st Quarter, 1954|
|Wales and Monmouthshire||1·5||20·8*||1·5|
|England (excl. Mon.)||43·3||64·2||26·6|
|Wales as per cent, of Great Britain (value basis)||per cent. 2·9||per cent. 22·8||per cent. 5·0|
|* This figure includes two very large steel projects.|