HC Deb 25 January 1955 vol 536 c10
16. Mr. Bence

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what acreage of land scheduled for factory building remains unutilised in East Dunbartonshire.

Mr. J. Stuart

In the Parliamentary constituency of East Dunbartonshire, about 320 acres of land are reserved, or are proposed to be reserved, for new industrial development in the development plans of the local authorities concerned. Of this total area, about 240 acres are available for early development.

Mr. Bence

Is the Secretary of State aware that there are many coal mines in the eastern part of Dunbartonshire which will be worked out in ten years? Will he tell the House what he is doing to introduce new industries into the area in order to save some of the small towns going into absolute decay?

Mr. Stuart

This is a Development Area, and, as the hon. Member knows, I have been in touch with the Glasgow Corporation about the development of the new town which, for example, will provide employment in the Cumbernauld area. Without such development, of course, sufficient industry is not likely to be attracted thereto.

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