New Industries, North Lanarkshire

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th July 1959.

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Photo of Miss Peggy Herbison Miss Peggy Herbison , Lanarkshire North 12:00 am, 28th July 1959

asked the President of the Board of Trade what action he proposes to take to prepare sites and build factories to attract industrialists to the area near the steel strip mill at Gartcosh, Lanarkshire.

Photo of Mr John Rodgers Mr John Rodgers , Sevenoaks

As I told the hon. Lady on 9th June, I have made it known as widely as possible that in all suitable cases factories will be provided and applications for grants or loans considered for firms which will set up or expand in this area or anywhere in North Lanarkshire and we are continuing to seek out and encourage firms to go to these places.

Photo of Miss Peggy Herbison Miss Peggy Herbison , Lanarkshire North

Is the Minister aware that employment in this part of the steel strip mill will be only 50 per cent. of the men who were originally employed by this firm? Does not that make it all the more important that the Board of Trade, particularly, should be preparing beforehand so that there will be industrialists ready to take up the slack in labour?

Photo of Mr John Rodgers Mr John Rodgers , Sevenoaks

I greatly appreciate what the hon. Lady has said and we are doing our very best to steer firms there just now.