HC Deb 02 March 1954 vol 524 cc993-4
27. Mr. Willey

asked the President of the Board of Trade what new Government-owned factories will be commenced to be built in Sunderland during 1954.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

This must depend on what acceptable applications are made to build new factories there.

Mr. Willey

Does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that, apart from any applications which have been made, there will be a need for a new engineering factory in Sunderland in the relatively near future and that the initiative should lie with his Department in considering the provision of a factory to meet the need which will undoubtedly arise?

Mr. Thorneycroft

We must first see whether an engineering firm wishes to have a factory there.

28. Mr. Willey

asked the President of the Board of Trade what further progress has been made in providing employment at the Sunderland factory formerly occupied by Messrs. Price.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

There is nothing which I can at present add to my reply to the hon. Member's Question on 21st January.

Mr. Willey

Will the right hon. Gentleman continue his endeavours and pay careful regard to the points which I previously put to him to indicate that there is a case for direct intervention by his Department?

Lieut-Colonel Lipton

Would it not help matters in Sunderland considerably if that famous county borough were represented by two Labour Members of Parliament?