HC Deb 29 June 1954 vol 529 cc1089-90
22. Mr. Gower

asked the President of the Board of Trade the latest figures for approvals of new factories and extensions in Wales and Monmouthshire; how these figures compare with Scotland and England, respectively; and whether, on a percentage basis, this shows an improvement or decline in the relative position of Wales as compared with recent years.

Mr. H. Strauss

Since the answer contains a table of figures I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Gower

Can my hon. and learned Friend say whether Wales is holding its position in this matter?

Mr. Strauss

I hope that my hon. Friend will study the figures. He will understand that for this year we have the figures for the first quarter only, which is a short period on which to base an annual estimate.

Following are the figures:

The figures, which are based on estimates of value made by applicants for industrial development certificates, are as follow:

1952 1953 1st Quarter, 1954
£m. £m. £m.
Wales and Monmouthshire 1.5 20.8* 1.5
Scotland 6.6 6.0 1.58
England (excl. Mon.) 43.3 64.2 26.6
Great Britain 51.4 91.1 29.68
Wales as per cent, of Great Britain (value basis) per cent. 2.9 per cent. 22.8 per cent. 5.0
* This figure includes two very large steel projects.