HC Deb 26 July 1962 vol 663 cc1723-4
Q4. Mr. W. Hamilton

asked the Prime Minister whether he will appoint a Minister to deal exclusively with the problem of the location of new industry.

The Prime Minister

No, Sir. This complex and serious problem is necessarily of concern to a number of Ministers.

Mr. Hamilton

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the President of the Board of Trade, who is primarily concerned, is showing all the evidence of being a very tired Minister? Does the Prime Minister recognise that this is probably due to his right hon. Friend's increasing frustration over his failure to solve this problem, particularly in Scotland? Does the Prime Minister also recognise that we would very much appreciate it 'if a Minister were specially devoting himself to the solution of this very difficult problem?

The Prime Minister

This again is a matter of the best machinery of Government. I think that the Department which deals with industry in multifarious ways is by far the best one to be charged with responsibility for location of industry.