HC Deb 24 March 1955 vol 538 cc2255-6
24. Mr. Driberg

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the concern caused locally by the closing of Messrs. Crittalls' factory at Heybridge, Maldon, Essex; and if, in view of the fact that many Maldon people already have to travel 20 miles daily to and from their work, he will encourage the siting of new industries in or near Maldon.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

Yes, Sir, when suitable opportunity occurs.

Mr. Driberg

While I appreciate that the right hon. Gentleman has not had very much time to prepare that answer, and although I also appreciate that this problem is much smaller in size than that of the Development Areas generally so called, will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind the problem of these small market and country towns where there is not very much light industry and where the closing of an important factory means great inconvenience to people who have to travel many miles to work, or else seasonal unemployment?