HC Deb 26 January 1960 vol 616 cc16-7
25. Mr. Willey

asked the President of the Board of Trade what action he is taking regarding the development of sites for industrial purposes in or near Sunderland.

Mr. J. Rodgers

I understand that following consultations between Sunderland Corporation, the National Coal Board and the Board of Trade Regional Office, a new site suitable for industrial use has been found at North Hylton Road. No decisions have yet been taken about its development.

Mr. Willey

I thank the Parliamentary Secretary for that information, which is very encouraging to us in Sunderland, but does he not agree that what we need, in view of our persistently high level of unemployment, is a new industry? Have we any hope that we may receive an extension of the motor industry for Sunderland?

Mr. Rodgers

We certainly agree with the hon. Gentleman that diversification is required in the north-east, and we do our best to bring it about.