HC Deb 08 July 1958 vol 591 c195
42. Mr. J. Paton

asked the President of the Board of Trade what proposals he has for the diversion of light industries to Norwich and Norfolk, in view of the rise in unemployment in that area.

Mr. Erroll

We shall continue to encourage firms to go to places, in Norfolk as elsewhere in the country, where there is high and persistent unemployment.

Mr. Paton

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that in Norwich the volume of unemployment is now about one-third greater than it was last year, and that similar conditions exist over a large part of Norfolk? In view of the lack of suitable alternative accommodation in that area, will he treat this as a matter of some urgency?

Mr. Erroll

Yes, Sir. We are considering very carefully the position in the part of Norfolk mentioned, with especial reference to the Distribution of Industry (Industrial Finance) Bill which is now going through Parliament.