§ Mr. Short
Will the Minister bear in mind that the closure of his factory will be very bad indeed, from the point of view both of employment and of the prestige of the district? Will he remember that it is the oldest engineering works in the North of England and one of the oldest in the country, and that George Stephenson's "Rocket" was built there? Will he bear in mind that English Electric bought the factory three years ago and is now closing it without any regard to its social obligations to the workpeople? Will the hon. Gentleman do his best to get another labour-employing industry there and ensure that it is not turned over to warehousing?
§ Mr. Rodgers
We appreciate the importance of the factory to the area and we are doing our best to find a tenant, but I am afraid we cannot do more.