Mr Henry Strauss: At the present moment collection and consumption are about evenly balanced. I cannot say, therefore, that there is any great need of new action.
Mr Henry Strauss: I am anxious that what is required Shall be obtained.
Mr Henry Strauss: Since the answer contains a list, I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT. The members of the Commission cover a wide range of interests and experience, and my right hon. Friend does not think that it would serve a useful purpose to specify the precise experience of each.
Mr Henry Strauss: I do not think that those implied criticisms of the Commission are justified.
Mr Henry Strauss: No, I do not think that is fair either.
Mr Henry Strauss: The Board of Trade are in negotiation with several companies interested in these factories, but I cannot yet state the outcome.
Mr Henry Strauss: I do not think it would help if I gave any particulars of pending negotiations, but I am fairly optimistic.
Mr Henry Strauss: I am aware of the relevant figures, but they are not relevant to this reply.
Mr Henry Strauss: The building of a factory of 210,000 sq. ft. for the Edison Swan Electric Company Limited is making good progress. It is hoped that it will be completed next autumn.
Mr Henry Strauss: I share the optimism evidently felt in the North-East.
Mr Henry Strauss: I beg to move, in page 5, line 22, after "six," insert: but subject to the next following subsection This Amendment is preparatory to the Amendment in line 25, at the end, to insert the new subsection (4). I think that it would be convenient for me to address the Committee when we reach the second Amendment, as the Amendment I have moved is merely preparatory and formal.
Mr Henry Strauss: I am glad to respond to the very reasonable request of the right hon. and learned Gentleman. This Draft Order and the next one upon the Order Paper seek the approval of Parliament for agreements which have been drafted and agreed between our insurers and the Finnish insurers in the one case and our insurers and the Italian insurers in the other. These two agreements, reached by the insurance...
Mr Henry Strauss: I should like to thank both hon. Members for their contributions to this debate and, indeed, before it. This is the third Adjournment debate with which I have dealt on the North-Eastern Development Area, and I am grateful to the hon. Member for Sunderland, North (Mr. F. Willey) for doing what is his courteous custom of giving me an indication beforehand of the matters he intends to raise. I...
Mr Henry Strauss: I have not much time, and I must come to matters of detail. At the factory which I know the hon. Member for Sunderland, North has in mind, where employment continues, but about which he has some fears, a receiver has been put in at the instance of a bank. The receiver is at present carrying on business and maintaining employment. There is hope that it will be possible to continue the...
Mr Henry Strauss: I should not like to answer that question without further inquiry, but—
Mr Henry Strauss: The letter has been acknowledged.
Mr Henry Strauss: On the particular case and on the desirability of prosecution I have nothing to add to previous answers, the last of which was given on 17th June.
Mr Henry Strauss: I am not saying anything of the kind.
Mr Henry Strauss: Yes, Sir. The Board of Trade have commenced proceedings in this case.
Mr Henry Strauss: The answer to the first part of the Question is "No, Sir." The second part therefore does not arise.