HC Deb 12 February 1953 vol 511 cc575-6
15. Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the President of the Board of Trade the total expenditure on new pottery factories since 1945 to the latest date: and the amount spent on modernisation or extension of existing factories.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

The total value of building licences granted on Board of Trade sponsorship in the years 1946–52 was £426,650 for new domestic pottery factories, and £3,540,173 for modernisation and extension of existing domestic pottery factories.

Mr. Smith

In view of this enormous expenditure, and of the very fine work which has been done by the more progressive managements, would not the Minister agree that the Board of Trade should adopt a policy of encouraging buildings that are more consistent with the modernisation of the industry?

Mr. Thorneycroft

Within the limits of the investment programme, we do what we can to assist those who can make a contribution to our export prospects.