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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Industry, Trade and Regional Development – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23 July 1964.

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Photo of Mr Edward Heath Mr Edward Heath , Bexley 12:00, 23 July 1964

The hon. Gentleman is entirely leaving out of account the expansion and increase in existing firms in the area. These provide jobs in the North-East and it is not a sound basis of comparison just to quote the figures which the hon. Gentleman has obtained of firms which have left the area.