HC Deb 29 July 1963 vol 682 cc4-5
7. Mr. Owen

asked the Parliamentary Secretary for Science, as representing the Lord President of the Council, to what extent his plan for the immediate and long-term development of the North-East takes into account the present position and future prospects of south-east Northumberland.

Mr. Denzil Freeth

The study of the region and my noble Friend's proposals have taken the needs of south-east Northumberland fully into account.

Mr. Owen

Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the recent closures in that area and the vital need for new industry, especially for our young people? Is he further aware that there are two excellent industrial sites at Ashington and Morpeth and that existing factories there are particularly asking for Government aid in order to promote an extension to their existing works? Will the hon. Gentleman give some help and some consideration to this matter?

Mr. Freeth

I fully agree that the area is one which needs assistance, and, of course, it comes under the various measures that have been taken by the Government hitherto. Before dealing with the area as a whole, I think the announcement later this week must be awaited.

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