HC Deb 24 February 1938 vol 332 cc520-1
19. Mr. Batey

asked the Minister of Labour whether any buildings are being erected on the Team Valley Estate which are not factories that will employ labour at present unemployed?

Mr. E. Brown

Yes, Sir. There are administrative offices of the Trading Estates Company, a local training centre of the Ministry of Labour, banks, canteens, warehouses and other buildings of a similar character.

Mr. Batey

When the Government decided on the scheme to build factories on that estate it was understood that they would employ the unemployed workers there. What is the need for building other factories?

Mr. Brown

The fact is that this is a first-class industrial estate, and needs the most modern equipment if it is to be successful—as happily it is.

Mr. Batey

Why is it necessary to erect a building for gas masks? Was that really intended?

Mr. Brown

Surely whatever the labour may be, it is an advantage to those who are unemployed to get the jobs.

21. Mr. A. Jenkins

asked the Minister of Labour the total expenditure to the most recent date on the Team Valley and Treforest trading estates, respectively?

Mr. Brown

Up to 21st February, approximately £730,000 had been spent on the Team Valley Trading Estate and £400,000 on the Treforest Trading Estate.

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