HC Deb 08 March 1960 vol 619 cc238-9
49. Mr. Fernyhough

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement about the prospects of new industries for Jarrow and Hebburn.

Mr. J. Rodgers

Industrial developments in hand or projected in South Tyneside East, including Jarrow and Hebburn, are expected to provide between 2,000 and 3,000 new jobs, and it is hoped that the possibility of assistance under the Local Employment Bill when this becomes law will encourage additional industrial development in the area.

Mr. Fernyhough

Does the Parliamentary Secretary appreciate that that is the most helpful Answer he has made at the Dispatch Box for a long time? Can he say whether the 2,000 jobs is a limit, or whether there is further industrial development in the offing, and when the contribution which these jobs would provide is likely to start?

Mr. Rodgers

The 2,000 to 3,000 jobs I have mentioned are firm jobs already projected, but there are other prospects —one of which at least is considerable and will, I hope, be announced in the next few days or a week.

Mr. Short

Can the hon. Gentleman say whether he has yet any statement to make about the extension of Pressed Steel and whether there is any hope of that being located in the North-East?

Mr. Rodgers

I think that any statement on that subject must await Pressed Steel. It is for the company to make the initial announcement.