HC Deb 05 December 1963 vol 685 cc1352-3
26. Mr. Snow

asked the Secretary of State for Industry, Trade and Regional Development whether he is aware of lack of orders in the electronic controlled equipment industry, and of the consequential redundancy at Rugeley, Staffs; and what action he is taking.

Mr. Heath

I am aware that a particular firm in Rugeley has just declared some redundancy, I am not aware of any lack of orders in the industry generally.

Mr. Snow

Is not this an extremely important branch of this industry and is the Minister aware that the managing director has made a public statement that he is short of orders? Bearing in mind the extremely high cost of research in this sort of industry, have not the Government a special responsibility in their desire to modernise industry?

Mr. Heath

I understand that this firm does not expect to have further redundancies and hopes to re-employ some of those who have become redundant. The Government's policy of expansion and modernisation will mean additional requirements for products of the kind produced by this firm.

Forward to