HC Deb 27 April 1950 vol 474 cc1107-8
12. Mr. Manuel

asked the President of the Board of Trade what plans he now has for the future development of the industrial estate at Kilwinning.

Mr. H. Wilson

As I told my hon. Friend in reply to his Question on 16th March, the available land on the Kilwinning Estate is being held in reserve for possible future development.

Mr. Manuel

Is my right hon. Friend aware of the past history of Kilwinning as a depressed area, and of the keen concern of the local authority there that. despite the great amount of money being spent in clearing the area as an industrial site, only one small factory has so far been placed there? Is he also aware that the local authority is most anxious that more labour should be employed through the whole estate being developed?

Mr. Wilson

Yes, Sir. I have been made well aware of the past history of this area, though I think my hon. Friend will agree that the employment position there at present is much more satisfactory. We are watching the situation, particularly to see how far private development looks like succeeding in solving the problem.

Mr. Manuel

Thank you very much.