County Durham

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 Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Easington 12:00 am, 16th May 1963

asked the President of the Board of Trade how many advance factories are in process of building in the County of Durham; how many will be completed in 1963; how many are in contemplation; and what estimate he can give of the number of workpeople who are likely to be employed.

Photo of Sir David Price Sir David Price , Eastleigh

Ten advance factories are being provided in the County of Durham under the present programme. Three of these are already under construction. My right hon. Friend expects that seven will be completed this year and the other three soon afterwards. The 10 factories should provide more than 1,000 jobs.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Easington

When does the hon. Member expect production to begin?

Photo of Sir David Price Sir David Price , Eastleigh

When the factories are completed and we have tenants for them.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Easington

Is not this all pie in the sky? Is nothing definitely arranged? Is it not a fact that at the end of the day very few men will be absorbed into employment? Is not that the position? Is this the best that the Government can do? In view of the unsatisfactory nature of that shocking reply, I beg to give notice that I shall raise the matter on the Adjournment.

Photo of Sir Harry Hylton-Foster Sir Harry Hylton-Foster , Cities of London and Westminster

I do not think that the irregularity of the notice can be successfully concealed in a supplementary question