§ 14. Mr. Montgomery
asked the President of the Board of Trade what communication he has received from the Pressed Steel Company, Limited, with regard to the siting of their new extension in the North-East.
§ Mr. J. Rodgers
We are in discussion with the firm, but discussions have not yet reached the stage at which it is possible for me to make a statement.
§ Mr. Montgomery
When does my hon. Friend think that he will be in a position to make an announcement? Could he give us the exact date, or any date? Without wishing to prejudice the discussions which are undoubtedly going on at present, may I ask if he would make it clear to this firm that it would be very welcome in the North-East, where we have excellent workers and a first class labour relations record?
§ Mr. Rodgers
I am glad to welcome the latter part of that supplementary question. Pressed Steel has visited the North-East and we are in constant touch, but it is for the firm to make an announcement of its plans rather than the Board of Trade.