§ 49. Mr. CHORLTON
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether any assistance could be given to the new industrial survey just commencing in Lancashire to enable its work to include the recommendation of selected new industries to replace those older ones in areas where they had materially declined, bearing in mind the reduction of imports?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD of TRADE (Dr. Burgin)
I am not clear as to the precise kind of assistance my hon. Friend has in mind, but my right hon. Friend will be glad to give those responsible any information and assistance within his power.
§ Mr. RHYS. DAVIES
Will the hon. Gentleman consider favourably giving a grant to these people, who are doing excellent work in taking a survey in Lancashire?
§ Dr. BURGIN
I do not think that any question of grant arises. The present industrial survey is being made by those people who were responsible for the survey in 1931, and they are bringing it up to date. The giving of a grant is another matter which might be dealt with on its merits when the question arises.
§ Mr. CHORLTON
Can the people who are conducting the survey be asked to extend their examination in order to show what openings there are for other industries to be brought in?
§ Dr. BURGIN
There is nothing to prevent those who are making the survey making any recommendations they think fit. They would make them to a Department which is as anxious as any branch 1266 of His Majesty's Government to help Lancashire and that part of the country. The recommendations will be considered on their merits.
§ Mr. DAVIES
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the survey was circumscribed in a great measure because of insufficient finance?