The criterion for adding to the list of places which qualify for financial assistance under the Distribution of Industry (Industrial Finance) Act is high and persistent unemployment, and I am glad to say that the Medway towns are not in this category.
Where, by deliberate action of the Government in this case, establishments are to close down and unemployment will grow, would not it show wisdom on the part of the Government if they were to have foresight and to plan for the future?
Is the President of the Board of Trade aware that the Royal Marine barracks at Chatham have been lying idle for over seven years, and that the Chamber of Commerce all that time ago suggested that they should be used for industry, and that to say something has been accomplished after seven years ought not to give any satisfaction to the Government?
I understand that the rundown is not going to be so sudden or so severe as, perhaps, the right hon. Gentleman thinks, but we shall watch this position carefully and welcome any suggestion he may make.