Carlisle Road, Airdrie (Industrial Estate)

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th May 1963.

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Photo of Mr James Dempsey Mr James Dempsey , Coatbridge and Airdrie 12:00 am, 16th May 1963

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will establish an industrial estate adjacent to the Carlisle Road, Airdrie, in view of the consistently high unemployment rate in the area and the suitability of the site.

Photo of Sir David Price Sir David Price , Eastleigh

I have nothing to add to my reply to the hon. Member of 10th May.

Photo of Mr James Dempsey Mr James Dempsey , Coatbridge and Airdrie

Is the Minister aware that quite recently it was reported that 9·2 per cent. of the insurable population were unemployed in this large locality? Does the Minister realise that it is difficult to induce private enterprise to build factories, and that one of the ways of achieving our objective would be to lay out an estate and provide factories at reasonable rent which could give the area an opportunity of breaking the back of the consistently high level of unemployment there?

Photo of Sir David Price Sir David Price , Eastleigh

The hon. Gentleman knows from my reply on 10th May that we are to build a new industrial estate in North Lanarkshire, and we shall announce as soon as possible precisely where that estate is to be located.