HC Deb 07 May 1959 vol 605 c553
61 and 62. Mr. T. Fraser

asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) why the Digest of Statistics for February and March did not contain a table setting out the statistics about industrial building in Development Areas;

(2) if he will in the future provide in the Digest of Statistics the same analysis of industrial building by standard regions and Development Areas as was the normal practice until December, 1958.

Sir D. Eccles

In future this information will he published quarterly in the Board of Trade Journal.

66. Mr. Jay

asked the President of the Board of Trade how many new Government-financed factory building schemes, including extensions, and how many private schemes, have been approved in Development Areas in 1959; and what were the corresponding figures for the same period of 1958.

Sir D. Eccles

Fifty-two Government.. financed and 81 private, compared with seven and 86 for the same period last year. But in terms of area and employment both the Government and the private schemes are about twice as big as last year's.

Mr. Jay

Can the right hon. Gentleman give the employment figures for each year?

Sir D. Eccles

Adding these two together—and I hope that I am correct —the figure last year was 6,300 and this year it is nearly 14,000.