15. Mr. W. Joseph Stewart
asked the Minister of Labour the number of factories completed and the number of persons employed on the Team Valley, St. Helens, and Pallions Trading Estates, respectively?
§ Mr. E. Brown
On the Team Valley Trading Estate, 95 factories have been completed for industrial undertakings, 76 of which are in production. The number of persons employed in the factories is 1,603. The other sites mentioned in the question are not trading estates; the position with regard to these is: Pallion—One factory completed—169 persons employed; St. Helens Auckland—Two factories completed—282 persons employed.
Can the right hon. Gentleman say approximately the number of persons it is anticipated will be placed in employment when these trading estates are completed?
§ Sir Joseph Nall
How many of these factories have in fact been transferred from other districts which are now suffering from lack of employment?
§ Mr. Kirkwood
Is it not the case that the Minister has received from various industries protests because they are being injured—particularly the hosiery industry?
§ Miss Wilkinson
Comparing the literature which has been put out about the Team Valley Estate and the actual number of men employed, is it not one of the great romances of the North now?
§ Mr. George Griffiths
Has not the Minister been romancing very successfully for three and a half years?
18. Mr. David Adams
asked the Minister of Labour the number of trading estates established in the Special Areas by the Government; and the number in course of preparation in England, Scotland, and Wales, respectively?