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Location of Industry

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th November 1957.

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Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Fife West 12:00 am, 28th November 1957

asked the President of the Board of Trade what proposals he has in mind for the modification of the present location of industry policy; and, in particular areas where redundancy is threatened, what new measures, of assistance are contemplated.

Photo of Mr David Eccles Mr David Eccles , Chippenham

I am satisfied that our existing policy and- powers are appropriate to the needs of the situation.

Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Fife West

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in parts of Fife there is a very real fear of redundancy and, indeed, that some redundancy has already taken place? Will he give an assurance that where a local authority expresses a certain willingness to help itself in the provision of factory space, Government encouragement and material help will he forthcoming?

Photo of Mr David Eccles Mr David Eccles , Chippenham

The Secretary of State for Scotland and I are always willing to look at any specific cases that are brought to us.