HC Deb 18 November 1965 vol 720 cc1314-5
18. Mr. William Hamilton

asked the President of the Board of Trade how many new jobs have been created on the Donibristle Industrial Estate in Fife; how many of those jobs are for males and females, respectively; and how many additional jobs are in prospect.

Mr. Darling

The number of new jobs which have been created on the Board of Trade Industrial Estate at Donibristle since 1964 is 299. Of these, 191 are for men and 108 for women. There are 225 jobs in prospect within the next two or three years.

Mr. Hamilton

Can my hon. Friend say how these figures—either the jobs already created or those in prospect—match the numbers likely to be declared redundant as a result of expedited pit closures in the next two or three years? Can he say what proportion of the jobs in prospect are for males and whether there is any tenant for the advance factory now almost completed, I think?

Mr. Darling

On the last point, I understand that the advance factory is expected to be completed by the end of this year. I also understand that a number of industrialists have already shown considerable interest in it. As for the rest of my hon. Friend's supplementary question, as he will know, we are considering measures which will need to be taken to deal with mine closures. I should like notice of his question about the number of men involved in the 225 jobs in propsect.