HC Deb 05 March 1959 vol 601 c614
30. Dr. Dickson Mabon

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is now able to announce a favourable decision on the application by the Inchgreen Investigating Company Limited for financial assistance in the construction of the proposed Clyde Graving Dock at Greenock.

Mr. Erroll

No, Sir. The case is still being considered.

Dr. Mabon

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that since the Government came to office the average monthly unemployment in my constituency has been over 6 per cent.; that when the Chancellor last year announced the decision to give help the figure was 8 per cent. and that it is now 9 per cent.? Should not the hon. Gentleman get a move on?

Mr. Erroll

As I explained, this is a very large scheme and full consideration of it must inevitably take a certain amount of time.

Mr. Jay

This is a very important scheme. Will the hon. Gentleman note that it is eminently suitable for assistance by D.A.T.A.C. and that it would cause great disappointment locally if it were turned down

Mr. Erroll

We are fully aware of the importance of the scheme, but I remind the right hon. Gentleman that it has to go before D.A.T.A.C., which is an independent Committee.