North-East Lancashire

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd July 1959.

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Photo of Mr Alan Green Mr Alan Green , Preston South 12:00 am, 23rd July 1959

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he is taking to encourage new industrial development in the North-East Lancashire Development Area.

Photo of Mr David Eccles Mr David Eccles , Chippenham

The Board of Trade is building a factory at Burnley for Michelin to employ about 500 and will start soon to build another factory for Burco Dean, also to employ 500. Milliards at Padiham are adding to the factory which we built for them, and some 300 further jobs should result from this.

With our help arrangements have been completed for three vacant mill premises, two of them at Nelson, to be taken over by firms from the South and these should give employment to about 1,400 persons.

Photo of Mr Alan Green Mr Alan Green , Preston South

Does my right hon. Friend appreciate how well received this news will be in an area too long dependent upon one item of manufacture for its employment? May I urge him not to rest on the laurels that he has just gained?

Photo of Mr David Eccles Mr David Eccles , Chippenham

Certainly. We have every intention of finding other firms to take over mill premises.