HC Deb 10 May 1960 vol 623 cc182-3
20. Mr. Ross

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is satisfied that his powers in respect of industrial development certificates are adequate for carrying out Government policy of obtaining a proper balance and distribution of industry throughout the country; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. J. Rodgers

Yes, Sir. Her Majesty's Government's policy remains as I described it in the debate on 23rd February, and my right hon. Friend does not think it necessary to make a further statement.

Mr. Ross

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that that policy was criticised then, and since then events have been such that there is considerable concern in areas where unemployment is high that new industrial development is being allowed in areas which are relatively prosperous industrially? Will he adopt a policy of much more positive control, as suggested by the Scottish T.U.C., in respect of I.D.C.s and give greater priority to areas of greater need?

Mr. Rodgers

I explained during the debate that we divide the whole country roughly—

Mr. Ross


Mr. Rodgers

—into three areas. In one area we try to steer industry by means of I.D.C.s and Government help which is available. In another area, we try to prevent any industrial development taking place except in the most exceptional circumstances; and then there are the "grey" areas where industrial development certificates will normally be granted. Each case is considered on its merits.

Mr. Mitchison

Such as Maidenhead?