HC Deb 02 February 1961 vol 633 cc1160-1
5. Sir A. V. Harvey

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he is taking to attract new industries to Congleton to give employment to men who will be unemployed as a result of the impending closure of the Silver Springs Bleaching and Dyeing Company, Limited.

Mr. Maudling

As my hon. Friend will already know from a letter sent to him by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary, there are a considerable number of new jobs in prospect in Cangleton and the surrounding area which should provide alternative opportunities of employment.

Sir A. V. Harvey

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that a number of firms in Congleton are working short time and that the closure of this mill will considerably affect the employment of male labour? Bearing in mind that in years gone by Congleton has always suffered considerably because it has no staple industry, and it would not need much more to see it go altogether the wrong way, will my right hon. Friend give the matter his personal attention?

Mr. Maudling

Certainly, I will bear that in mind. I think, however, that the employment prospects in the area are, on the whole, quite encouraging.

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