HC Deb 02 April 1953 vol 513 cc1339-40
5. Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will appoint a committee to advise the Government on the need for the industrial modernisation within the locality of the city of Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.

The President of the Board of Trade (Mr. P. Thorneycroft)

No, Sir.

Mr. Smith

That answer means that the Board of Trade have taken up a negative attitude with regard to the need for modern ideas. Is the President of the Board of Trade aware that such a committee has been set up for South Wales? Is it not right to apply the same policy for North Staffordshire? In view of the importance of modernisation in this area, will the right hon. Gentleman reconsider his answer?

Mr. Thorneycroft

No, Sir. The problems of South Wales differ in a number of important particulars from those of Stoke-on-Trent.