HC Deb 01 July 1937 vol 325 c2123
10. Mr. George Hall

asked the Minister of Labour the estimated cost of the trading estate at Treforest, South Wales, with the number of workpeople employed in the work of laying out the estate; and when it is expected to complete the work?

Mr. E. Brown

The estimated cost of the scheme of development of the trading estate at Treforest authorised by the Commissioner for Special Areas is £800,000. The number of workpeople employed in laying out the estate is approximately 350. The date of the completion of this scheme, which covers only a part of the estate, will depend on the demand for factories.

Mr. Hall

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is a great deal of dissatisfaction in South Wales at the expenditure of this huge sum of money, which it is felt could be very much better used for a more useful purpose in those centres where there is heavy unemployment?

Mr. Brown

I believe that the trading estate has been generally welcomed in South Wales. If the hon. Member has any evidence to the contrary, I shall be very glad to receive it from him.