Coal Industry

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:53 pm on 25th May 1995.

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Photo of Mr Jack Thompson Mr Jack Thompson , Wansbeck 4:53 pm, 25th May 1995

My constituency is slightly further north than my hon. Friend's but I regularly travel through Doncaster on the main line. Indeed, my hon. Friend and I often travel north together on the train from King's Cross. Has he noticed, as I have, the huge industrial and commercial developments around Peterborough and Grantham? I think that, with the right sort of support from the Government, they could have been located in Doncaster, Wansbeck or other parts north. There is no particular reason why they should have ended up in the home counties. Under the old industrial development certificate arrangements such industries did come to areas such as ours.