HC Deb 13 March 1946 vol 420 cc1111-2
94. Mr. John Beattie

asked the. President of the Board of Trade the number of new industries allocated to Northern Ireland in the 12 months ended February, 1946.

Mr. Belcher

Since January, 1945, 21 firms have decided to start new production in Northern Ireland. We have, of course, no power to allocate new industries to any particular area.

Major Lloyd

Is it not a fact that the major reason for this very considerable number of industries starting up in Northern Ireland is that they have confidence in the Government over there?

Mr. Beattie

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that in Northern Ireland we have a growing army of unemployed persons due to the failure of the Tory Government in Northern Ireland?

Mr. Belcher

I suggest that perhaps the answer—

Mr. Speaker

One bad supplementary question leads to another bad one.