HC Deb 02 February 1961 vol 633 c1165
10. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware, of the urgent need for more industry in Aberdeen; and what steps he has taken during the last three months, and what steps he plans to take, to bring new industries to Aberdeen.

Mr. Maudling

The Board of Trade continues to take every suitable opportunity to interest industrialists in Aberdeen where unemployment has fallen from 3,885 in December, 1959, to 2,959 last month.

Mr. Hughes

Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that, apart from the figures which he has mentioned, that Answer was very vague? Does he not agree that one of the best ways of attracting industry to Aberdeen is to build advance factories? What steps has he taken in that direction? How many advance factories has he either planned or built in Aberdeen?

Mr. Maudling

We are building a number of advance factories, but not in Aberdeen, because I think that the claims of other areas are stronger. I know that Aberdeen has its problems, but I hope that the hon. and learned Member will agree that we have made some progress in the last year.

Mr. Nabarro

Aberdeen is too far away.