North-Eastern Trading Estate (Factories)

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th July 1954.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Willey Mr Frederick Willey , Sunderland North 12:00 am, 6th July 1954

asked the President of the Board of Trade what progress has been made regarding the two North-Eastern Trading Estate Company's factories in Sunderland which are still vacant.

Photo of Mr Henry Strauss Mr Henry Strauss , Norwich South

A surrender of the lease of Price's Tailors Ltd. has now been arranged and we have recently brought the factory to the notice of several more possible tenants. Fordham and Co. Ltd. are themselves seeking a tenant for their factory, which we are also bringing to the notice of suitable applicants for factory space.

Photo of Mr Frederick Willey Mr Frederick Willey , Sunderland North

Is the hon. and learned Gentleman aware that I am very glad that he has at last taken the advice which was previously tendered to him? Is he further aware that there is now a possibility of a third factory closing and that the special difficulties of Sunderland merit the particular attention of the Board of Trade?

Photo of Mr Henry Strauss Mr Henry Strauss , Norwich South

As to the special difficulties of Sunderland, I am sure the hon. Member will welcome the fact that the building of a new factory on the Pallion estate has started. But, on the problem generally, I am sure that he will better serve the interests which I believe he has in mind if he will have a talk with me on the whole matter.