HC Deb 20 June 1933 vol 279 cc629-30
18. Mr. CROSS

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether it is the policy of His Majesty's Government to limit the erection of surplus manufacturing plant by foreign interests in this country?

Lieut. - Colonel COLVILLE

The Government have no power to prevent the installation of manufacturing plant in this country, whether by foreign or by British interests.

Captain CR00KSHANK

Do the Government do anything by way of directing that such factories shall be started in the more derelict areas, instead of in the more prosperous areas around London?


Will my hon. and gallant Friend give attention to the Bill introduced by my hon. Friend the Member for South-West St. Pancras (Mr. Mitcheson), which would give those powers?

Lieut.-Colonel COLVILLE

I could not give that undertaking.