South Yorkshire (Advance Factories)

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23 July 1979.

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Photo of Mr Edwin Wainwright Mr Edwin Wainwright , Dearne Valley 12:00, 23 July 1979

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will list the advance factories which are now under construction in the South Yorkshire area; and if he will now give instructions for another advance factory to be built in the Dearne Valley constituency.

Photo of Mr David Mitchell Mr David Mitchell , Basingstoke

One factory is under construction at Hellaby, Rotherham. Land is still being sought for a factory at Mexborough.

Photo of Mr Edwin Wainwright Mr Edwin Wainwright , Dearne Valley

Does the Under-Secretary accept that it is no good building advance factories unless jobs are created? Is he aware that, in spite of an advance factory being built in Denaby, it took years to persuade business people to go there and take advantage of it? Only one small business went there and it created only 16 jobs. Will the Minister ensure that more factories are built in that area and that more jobs are created? Is he aware that the unemployment rate in the Dearne Valley district has been 10 per cent. for years? Does he agree that Tory Party philosophy has never lowered that rate?

Photo of Mr David Mitchell Mr David Mitchell , Basingstoke

It is not a question of factories alone. There are vacant factories not far away. It is important to create a climate in which people will set up businesses and occupy those factories. The failure in the past was the responsibility of the Labour Party.