HC Deb 12 February 1979 vol 962 cc776-7
16. Mr. Cledwyn Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what plans have been approved by the Welsh Development Agency for further industrial development in Anglesey; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John Morris

I have already asked the Agency to submit a further programme of advance factory building for my approval. In considering the appropriate balance of provision throughout Wales, I shall bear the needs of Anglesey fully in mind.

Mr. Hughes

I am grateful to my right hon. and learned Friend for that prospect. However, will he bear in mind that the recent decision not to proceed with the expansion of Anglesey Aluminium indicates that some special effort is needed to bring new employment to the island, in view of the present unsatisfactory level of unemployment?

Mr. Morris

I know how hard my right hon. Friend worked for the expansion, and I know the disappointment that we all share that it is not to come about. However, the company is still seeking other ways of expanding its operations. My industry department is in touch with the company and has indicated that the Government would consider giving financial support to any viable project that the company may propose to establish downstream activities in Anglesey.