§ 2. Mr. Tilney
asked the President of the Board of Trade how much vacant factory space there is to rent or sell in the Merseyside development area.
§ The President of the Board of Trade (Mr. Douglas Jay)
In mid-February my officials knew of about 1.4 million square feet of factory space, mostly in old properties, available in the Merseyside district. We maintain a register of such factories and take every opportunity to interest firms with suitable projects who are contemplating setting up on Merseyside. We are bringing these factories to the attention of firms from congested areas.
§ Mr. Tilney
Would the President agree that in comparison with the figures which he has just quoted new factories at the taxpayers' expense of 25,000 sq. ft. become minor and that what is really important is to get industry moving towards Merseyside?