4. Mr. H. Wilson
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs why he rejected for grant aid, under the Local Employment Act, 1960, the application of the Kirkby Urban District Council, relating to the Liverpool North sewage disposal project which is required in connection with industrial effluent in the area.
§ Mr. Brooke
This sewage works extension is needed principally to meet existing industrial and domestic requirements. 180 The Local Employment Act, 1960, provides assistance only for schemes which are expedient for the purpose of providing new employment.
Does this mean that the right hon. Gentleman is, in effect, administratively de-scheduling the Merseyside area for purposes of the 1960 Act? Does not he appreciate that it is quite impossible to distinguish between existing industry and new industry, and will he look at this matter again? Is he aware that, although this is Grand National week in that part of the world, most of my constituents are very unhappy about putting all their shirts on the motor car industry at this time in view of that industry's present difficulties?
§ Mr. Brooke
I am not scheduling or de-scheduling anything, but I am certain that my decision in this case is right. These powers are intended to be used where, by means of a Government grant, services can be improved in order to attract industry. This particular sewage works extension was principally for the benefit of existing industry.
If I bring new representations before the right hon. Gentleman about this, will he consider them?