HC Deb 25 November 1958 vol 596 cc212-3
39. Lady Megan Lloyd George

asked the President of the Board of Trade, in view of the unemployment in West South Wales, what plans the Government have to establish new industries in the area.

Mr. J. Rodgers

Two large factories are being built and another converted by the Board of Trade. The firms expect to employ initially some 2,500 people and, ultimately, 5,000. I hope it will be possible to find others to come to West South Wales.

Lady Megan Lloyd George

In view of the Government's decision not to site the steel mill in West South Wales and of the fact that the measures which the Government have already taken, including those mentioned by the right hon. Gentleman, do not touch the fringe of the unemployment problem, what further measures do the Government intend to take to provide work in this area?

Mr. Rodgers

I am aware that we want to do more to help that area, but the hon. Lady will be aware that there are two further projects in hand—one which may give employment to 850 people, and the other, which is already at a fairly advanced stage, which may employ 180.

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