§ 1. Commander Kerans
asked the Secretary of State for Industry, Trade and Regional Development, how much land remains available to his Department for industrial development; and how much was rented to industry in 1963 in the Hartlepools.
§ The Secretary of State for Industry, Trade and Regional Development and President of the Board of Trade (Mr. Edward Heath)
There are 33 acres of land available for development at the Hartlepools on the Board of Trade's industrial estate. No Board of Trade land was separately rented to industry in 1963, but Government advance factories totalling 94,000 sq. ft. on land owned or acquired by the Board of Trade were approved for rent during the year.
§ Commander Kerans
I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for that reply. Will he ensure that some of the land left vacant by the rundown of Gray's Engineering Works and Shipping, part of which is owned by British Railways, is rapidly made available for industry in the not-too-distant future?
§ 2. Commander Kerans
asked the Secretary of State for Industry, Trade and Regional Development whether he intends to build a further advance factory in the Hartlepools in 1964.
§ Commander Kerans
Is my right hon. Friend aware that I am grateful for the advance factory now being leased to Messrs. Reed and Company? Will he ensure that a decision is taken at an early date on the building of a new factory? Is it not the case that, if there is an advance factory in the pipeline all the time, this acts as an incentive to get industry to an area?
§ Dame Irene Ward
Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind the first-class Report of the North-East Development Council and its Director at the quarterly meeting, showing that tremendous progress is being made? Do they also not agree that we should immediately replace a let advance factory by another?
§ Mr. Shinwell
Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that, in the Report, the Director and others expressed their dissatisfaction that not enough has been done? There has been some progress but a great deal more requires to be done and the Government appear to be dragging their feet.