HC Deb 06 November 1962 vol 666 cc778-9
21. Mr. Boyden

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister of Welsh Affairs which of the schemes for improvement of industrial sites under the Local Employment Act approved by his Department have now been completed.

Mr. Corfield

Two such schemes have been completed. These are in the urban districts of Hetton-le-Hole and Ilfracombe.

Mr. Boyden

Is it not a scandalous comment on this provision in the Local Employment Act that, with all the unemployment and the need for schemes of this kind, only two have, in fact, got under way?

Mr. Corfield

The hon. Gentleman will appreciate that the onus is on the local authorities to initiate these schemes. In July last, in reply to a Question from the hon. Gentleman, I said that seven such schemes had been approved. Since then, there has been some further progress; one further scheme has been approved, two have been completed and an additional two schemes have been received for consideration.