Blyth and Seaton Valley

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th February 1962.

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Photo of Mr Edward Milne Mr Edward Milne , Blyth 12:00 am, 20th February 1962

asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) what new jobs are expected to be available in Blyth and Seaton Valley in the next six months as a result of their being scheduled as Development Areas;

(2) what developments have taken place in regard to the siting of new industries since Blyth and Seaton were scheduled as Development Areas.

Photo of Mr Frederick Erroll Mr Frederick Erroll , Altrincham and Sale

Two firms have shown an interest in Blyth and Seaton Delaval since these areas were made development districts last December. I could not give further details without disclosing confidential information about the intentions of individual firms.

Photo of Mr Edward Milne Mr Edward Milne , Blyth

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that his succession to the Presidency of the Board of Trade considerably raised the hopes of my constituents that something would be done for the north-east of England? Is he aware that we are a kindly and tolerant people but that we shall be watching his efforts on our behalf very critically? May I say to the right hon. Gentleman—if it is not too presumptuous to do so—that if he turns his back on some of the policies advocated by the Prime Minister and other members of the Cabinet he might be more successful in satisfying us?

Photo of Mr Frederick Erroll Mr Frederick Erroll , Altrincham and Sale

I assure the hon. Gentleman that I shall consider all the points which he has made.