HC Deb 20 December 1962 vol 669 c1416
4. Mr. Ross

asked the President of the Board of Trade how many advance factories have been built or promised in Ayrshire since the passing of the Local Employment Act.

Mr. Erroll


Mr. Ross

Is this the factory which has been variously described as being in Ayrshire, Central Ayrshire, South Ayrshire and Cumnock? I was told in July, 1960, that there were 11,088 jobs in the pipeline for Scotland. How many people will this factory employ?

Mr. Erroll

It is one factory, and regret any inadvertent confusion which may have been caused by referring to its location as Central Ayrshire.

Mr. Rankin

Central Africa.

Mr. Erroll

It would not be much use to Ayrshire if it were in Central Africa.

In answering Questions, my hon. Friend and I have always used the geographical description rather than the constituency description. As I say, in using the phrase "Central Ayrshire", we meant the central part of Ayrshire and not the constituency of Central Ayrshire. I am very sorry if any confusion has been caused. My hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary did his best to clear up the misunderstanding during a recent Adjournment debate. I cannot tell the hon. Gentleman how many people the factory will employ until we have a tenant for it.