§ Mr. Ewing
Does not the Minister agree that it is most unsatisfactory for a prospective industrialist who approaches a local authority to be told that the local authority knows nothing about the empty factory standing inside its boundaries, and for him to have to travel to a distant place to obtain information to enable him to make up his mind whether he wants to come into the area?
§ Mr. Bruce-Gardyne
Does my hon. Friend recall that in days gone by we on these benches used to argue that advance factories had proved remarkably wasteful of taxpayers' resources and, on the whole, counter-productive? Does not our experience in the intervening years amply bear out that we were correct in that view?
§ Mr. Kaufman
Will the hon. Gentleman tell those of my constituents who are facing redundancy with the impending closure of the steel mill at Irlam when we shall have the advance factory that has been promised and what are the prospects of filling it?
§ Mr. Pavitt
Will the hon. Gentleman reconsider his reply about local autho- 32 rity representation in respect of all empty factories, not only advance factories? Is he aware that there are 6,000 redundancies in my constituency, which is not an assisted area, and that the local authority of Brent has made representations because of changing social circumstances? If there were an expert department within the Minister's office with local authority representation, that would be a great help to us all.