HC Deb 16 December 1952 vol 509 c1192
37. Mr. Hale

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that existing factory buildings in Lancashire are being sold subject to a limitation that they be used for storage purpose only; and whether he will introduce legislation to deal with this.

Mr. H. Strauss

I am informed that recently one cotton spinning mill in Lancashire was sold by auction subject to this condition. The answer to the second part of the Question is: No, Sir.

Mr. Hale

Does the Parliamentary Secretary mean he is going to wait until a whole lot of cotton mills have been sold subject to these conditions limiting their use to storage when they ought to be used for industrial employment; and will he tell us why he is not prepared to do anything about it? Is it not a disgraceful thing, in view of the shortage of factory space, that a limitation of this kind should be placed on existing factory space?

Mr. Strauss

As far as I know, this is an isolated case. If there are other cases I hope the hon. Gentleman will bring them to my notice. According to my information this is a quite isolated case. It certainly remains the intention of Her Majesty's Government to encourage industrialists to make use of any suitable existing premises that are available.

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