Oral Answers to Questions — Industrial Development (Departmental Co-Ordination)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th April 1972.

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Photo of Mr Joel Barnett Mr Joel Barnett , Heywood and Royton 12:00 am, 20th April 1972

asked the Prime Minister if he is satisfied with the co-ordination between the Departments of Trade and Industry and of Employment in respect of industrial development.

Photo of Mr Reginald Maudling Mr Reginald Maudling , Barnet

I have been asked to reply.

Yes, Sir.

Photo of Mr Joel Barnett Mr Joel Barnett , Heywood and Royton

Because of the willingness of the Government to admit that they must reverse their policies, and because previous answers given by the Prime Minister have left companies which had been intending to go into development areas in doubt, may I ask the right hon. Gentleman to make it absolutely clear that even if they make losses in the initial years they will still receive the cash grants which the Government are now introducing?

Photo of Mr Reginald Maudling Mr Reginald Maudling , Barnet

That will have to be considered in the debate on the legisla- tion authorising the introduction of that change.

Photo of Mr Robert Redmond Mr Robert Redmond , Bolton West

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the industrial development committee of Bolton has passed a special resolution thanking the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for giving us intermediate area status? Is he further aware that already there are appearances of a shortage of labour in certain industries and skills, in spite of the appalling general total of unemployment in the area?

Photo of Mr Reginald Maudling Mr Reginald Maudling , Barnet

I am glad to hear that from my hon. Friend.

Photo of Mr Charles Morris Mr Charles Morris , Manchester Openshaw

Will the right hon. Gentleman draw the attention of the Prime Minister to the fact that a host of factories in my constituency and in the greater Manchester area generally have been subject to industrial dispute for a period of many weeks, that as a consequence the families of many of my constituents are suffering considerably and that there has been an absence of co-ordination between the Department of Employment and the Department of Trade and Industry in regard to this dispute? Will he urge the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Employment to take action to conciliate in this dispute?

Photo of Mr Reginald Maudling Mr Reginald Maudling , Barnet

I have noticed, as we all have, some of these actions in the Manchester area. We have also noticed from where they are being stimulated—[Interruption.] We all share the view that action of this type bears heavily on the families of those concerned.