If it is not proposed to schedule this area as a Development Area, may I ask the Minister, in view of the continuing decline of its major industry, the slate industry, what other steps and under what other provision and Statute do the Government propose to deal with this situation.
The Surveys by the Ministry of Labour and the Board of Trade have been completed. The Government recognise that there is a special problem of unemployment in parts of the area surveyed and accept that some further industrial development is needed; but my right hon. Friend is not satisfied that scheduling under the Distribution of Industry Act would be appropriate as a means of dealing with the problem.
We shall try to steer suitable industry to the area, and my right hon. Friend understands that the Development Commission will be prepared to consider recommending further assistance on a limited scale in the building of factories in suitable cases. A small factory has just been built at Llangefni with the help of the Development Fund, and the Commission has at present under consideration a proposal for a factory of some 30.000 sq. ft. there.