§ 26. Mr. Heffer
asked the President of the Board of Trade what action he will take to ensure employment for technicians in the Merseyside area; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Heffer
Is my right hon. Friend aware that the Automatic Telephone Co. is proposing to take a section of its works to Poole? Does not this cut across the declared policy of the Government—[HON. MEMBERS: "Speak up."]—to expand work on Merseyside, which is a development area? Would my right hon. Friend—[Interruption.]—would my right hon. Friend look into this matter to ensure that something is done to overcome this difficulty, because certain Government contracts may well be affected as a result of the uncertainty?
§ Mr. Heffer
On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. During my supplementary question, there was constant interruption from the opposite side of the House which prevented hon. Members hearing what was being said. Is this the usual practice in the House?
§ Mr. Speaker
I hope that hon. Members on both sides will remember (a) to speak audibly and (b) to listen quietly. In that way we shall get on better.
§ Mr. Tilney
Will the President of the Board of Trade bear in mind that what is really wanted on Merseyside is a large number of small factories to be let, and that it is these which are most likely to require technicians?