Is my hon. and learned Friend aware that the chairman of the North East Trading Estate stated last week that it was expected that some firms would be willing to take over certain of these factories in the near future? When does he expect to be able to make a statement about them?
Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that I have been very considerate to him in not pressing this matter in the House, but one of these factories has now been closed for 12 months, and it is really thoroughly unsatisfactory to give such a reply as we have heard today. We feel that we are entitled to hear what concrete steps the Board of Trade is taking to get this factory occupied.