North-West Kent

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th December 1971.

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Photo of Mr Peter Trew Mr Peter Trew , Dartford 12:00 am, 6th December 1971

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what surveys he has carried out on the decline of traditional industries in North-West Kent.

Photo of Mr John Eden Mr John Eden , Bournemouth West

No special survey is necessary as the Department keeps in close touch with individual industries both nationally and through the regional offices.

Photo of Mr Peter Trew Mr Peter Trew , Dartford

I thank my hon. Friend for that answer. Is he aware of local fears that unless new industry is allowed into the area, North-West Kent could increasingly become a dormitory area surrounded by derelict land? Will he give this matter his urgent consideration?

Photo of Mr John Eden Mr John Eden , Bournemouth West

My hon. Friend will be aware that the Under-Secretary of State for Trade and Industry recently met a deputation from Kent, of which my hon. Friend the Member for Dartford (Mr. Trew) was a member. The Under-Secretary found it extremely helpful to have those discussions.