Blyth

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th July 1962.

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Photo of Mr Edward Milne Mr Edward Milne , Blyth 12:00 am, 26th July 1962

asked the President of the Board of Trade what is now the policy of Her Majesty's Government in regard to industrial expansion and the provision of employment in those areas, such as the Blyth constituency, where there is a shortage of work.

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

Our policy continues to be to promote employment in those localities, of which Blyth is one, in which high and persistent unemployment exists or is threatened.

Photo of Mr Edward Milne Mr Edward Milne , Blyth

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the pleasure being expressed in the North-East at the announcement of the intention to build an advance factory in Durham and one in Northumberland and that our people are still watching his Department with very keen interest and hope to have some signs of progress before the House returns in October?

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

I am grateful for the hon. Member's remarks. I gladly give him and other hon. Members an assurance that we shall do our best to help the north-east area.

Photo of Mr Ernest Popplewell Mr Ernest Popplewell , Newcastle upon Tyne West

Is the President aware that the announcement made by his hon. Friend in reply to the debate on Tuesday night about only two advance factories in Durham and Northumberland has caused widespread dismay that there is not much greater activity by his Department to provide jobs for some 40,000 people in the area who are unemployed?

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

We have done a great deal in addition to providing advance factories, as the figures demonstrate.