HC Deb 09 July 1959 vol 608 cc1554-5
36. Mr. C. Hughes

asked the President of the Board of Trade what are the functions of the location rooms in his Department; and how many are employed there.

Sir D. Eccles

The location rooms at Board of Trade headquarters, the regional offices and the offices for Scotland and Wales are designed to provide information on all matters connected with the distribution and location of industry. They are continually used by industrialists and officials seeking information on location problems. No staff is specially employed in location rooms.

Mr. Hughes

Is the Department really instrumental and effective in inducing industries to go to areas where they are really needed? How many industries have gone to Wales and Scotland, for example, as a result of the work of these location rooms? Will the right hon. Gentleman look again to see whether the location rooms are carefully organised?

Sir D. Eccles

The location rooms seem to me to be very well organised. If the hon. Member would like to pay a visit to one, we shall be glad to show it to him.