asked the President of the Board of Trade what plans he has for using for industrial purposes the modern buildings now lying derelict at the surface of the Aitken and Rothes pits in Fife; and whether he will invite industrialists to inspect these facilities with a view to renting or purchase.
Have these buildings been inspected by any representatives from the Board of Trade? Is my hon. Friend aware that they could be modified and used by industrialists? The community of Kelty is very anxious for some new industry to come there. This is a very good opportunity for my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade to do a good service to that valuable community.
Yes, the buildings have been examined. There will be no buildings available at the Aitken pit. Most of those that are now there will be demolished. The remaining building there is being used by the South of Scotland Electricity Board, but there is land available at this pit and we are suggesting the site to a firm which we think will be interested in taking it. There are some useful buildings at the Rothes pit, and we have been told by the National Coal Board that it will consider any suitable inquiries for them. We are in close touch with the National Coal Board on this matter.