Mr Henry Strauss: A surrender of the lease of Price's Tailors Ltd. has now been arranged and we have recently brought the factory to the notice of several more possible tenants. Fordham and Co. Ltd. are themselves seeking a tenant for their factory, which we are also bringing to the notice of suitable applicants for factory space.
Mr Henry Strauss: As to the special difficulties of Sunderland, I am sure the hon. Member will welcome the fact that the building of a new factory on the Pallion estate has started. But, on the problem generally, I am sure that he will better serve the interests which I believe he has in mind if he will have a talk with me on the whole matter.
Mr Henry Strauss: My right hon. Friend will bear this in mind when he selects further matters for reference to the Monopolies Commission.
Mr Henry Strauss: That, curiously enough, is possible under the Statute.
Mr Henry Strauss: That is a little wide of the Question, but, if the matter does go to the Monopolies Commission, that Commission can hardly remain ignorant of the views of the right hon. Gentleman.
Mr Henry Strauss: No, Sir. My right hon. Friend prefers to await the outcome of the general inquiry under Section 15 of the Monopolies Act, on which the Commission is now engaged.
Mr Henry Strauss: Since many of the matters connected with the industry are covered by the inquiry which is now taking place, it would be desirable to await the result of that inquiry before making another into this trade.
Mr Henry Strauss: No, Sir. The hon. Member is mistaken in thinking that the tobacco grown in Commonwealth and Colonial Territories is unsuitable for manufacture in Britain; a considerable proportion of the tobacco we use is drawn from non-dollar sources.
Mr Henry Strauss: That was not the simple question. The simple question was whether we would set up a Committee.
Mr Henry Strauss: I should like to thank the hon. Member for West Lothian (Mr. J. Taylor) for the characteristic courtesy he displayed in giving me information on some of the topics he proposed to raise. Although they are topics common to his area, he has covered a fairly wide field, and he did so with great succinctness and clarity. I did not know that I should have the pleasure of hearing the hon. Lady the...
Mr Henry Strauss: No, the wider area, West Lothian and the Shotts and Calder areas. The hon. Member, quite rightly, put in the forefront of his argument the decline and the approaching exhaustion of the central coalfield. As he himself said, around Bo'ness, however, prospects are better. A new pit is being sunk at Kiniel. That development will increase up to 1965. But I think the hon. Member would agree that...
Mr Henry Strauss: I beg to move, That the Draft Wool Textile Industry (Export Promotion Levy) (Amendment No. 2) Order, 1954, a copy of which was laid before this House on 15th June, be approved. I think it will be for the convenience of the House if we discuss together these two Orders which amend those at present in force under Section 9 of the Industrial Organisation and Development Act, 1947. The levies...
Mr Henry Strauss: I have seen this Report. The Government will certainly bear in mind the position in the developing coalfield area of Midlothian, but the hon. Member will appreciate that there are other areas, particularly Development Areas, where the immediate needs are greater.
Mr Henry Strauss: I think that the hon. Member will agree that the unemployment rate in this area is less than that in Scotland as a whole. I assure him that we shall consider sympathetically applications for industrial development certificates in suitable cases.
Mr Henry Strauss: Since the answer contains a table of figures I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
Mr Henry Strauss: I hope that my hon. Friend will study the figures. He will understand that for this year we have the figures for the first quarter only, which is a short period on which to base an annual estimate.
Mr Henry Strauss: My right hon. Friend is examining the scope of this Order, but I cannot yet make a statement.
Mr Henry Strauss: The changes which have taken place will certainly be borne in mind.
Mr Henry Strauss: The Inspector's Report is being printed and arrangements have been made for its publication, and for copies to be available in the Vote Office, tomorrow afternoon.
Mr Henry Strauss: I think that the hon. Member and other hon. Members will wish to have an opportunity of reading the Report before they ask Questions about it.