§ 27. Mr. Leslie
asked the Minister of Labour what industries have been set up in the derelict villages in the county of Durham, the nature of the industries, the number of adults, and the number of young persons employed?
§ Mr. E. Brown
In reply to the first and second parts of his question I would refer the hon. Member to the answer which I gave to him on 13th December, which gave particulars up to that date of the factories established outside the trading estate. Since then a further undertaking has been established at Pallion to manufacture acetylene. I have not the information to answer the third and fourth parts of the question, but I am making inquiries and will write to the hon. Member.
§ Mr. Leslie
Is it not the case that the reply to my previous question showed that the total number employed was only 839 and that most of them were children?
§ Mr. E. J. Williams
Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that coal mines are being closed down more quickly than new industries are being started?
§ Sir John Haslam
Would it not be advisable for new industries to be set up in districts where they would be appreciated?