HC Deb 23 February 1939 vol 344 c535
4. Mr. Westwood

asked the Minister of Labour whether any of the factories now operating on the Team Valley Trading Estate are producing light castings; and whether it is made a condition on the estate that all light castings for building purposes must be purchased and manufactured within the Special Area?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I am informed that at present there is no firm on the Team Valley Trading Estate engaged in the manufacture of light castings. It is, however, a condition of all contracts placed by the North Eastern Trading Estate Company that locally produced goods shall be used, provided price, quality and time of delivery are as good as are offered by firms elsewhere.

Mr. Westwood

Can the hon. Member state that the same trade union conditions apply to the firms which are being protected by an arrangement of this kind, as are applied by the light castings industry in Scotland, particularly in the Falkirk District?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

We have had many discussions on the trading estate, and I have nothing to add.