HC Deb 30 November 1938 vol 342 cc440-1W
Mr. David Adams

asked the Minister of Labour how many factories have been started in the Special Areas without any form, direct or indirect, of financial assistance from the State?

Mr. E. Brown

I regret that the information is not available.

Mr. David Adams

asked the Minister of Labour what part of the £5,347,000 granted to assist industry in the Special Areas has taken the form of direct capital contribution to the firms assisted; and whether he will give a detailed statement of the forms in which this sum has been rendered available to the industries concerned?

Mr. E. Brown

The sum of £5,347,000 represents commitments entered into by the Commissioner for Special Areas (England and Wales). I propose, if I may, to circulate with the OFFICIAL REPORT a statement to show how this total is made up, but the hon. Member will observe that none of this total is in respect of capital contributions, i.e. loans to individual industrial undertakings.

The following are the particulars:

North Eastern Trading Estate 2,336,500
South Wales and Mon. Trading Estate 800,000
West Cumberland Industrial Development Company 250,000
Individual Sites (Development and Factory erection'—
North Eastern Area 95,000
South Wales Area 330,000
Jarrow Site purchase 85,000
East Gateshead Site development 300,000
Harbour and Quay development 553,000
Clearance of Derelict Sites 413,000
Inducements by way of contributions to rent, rates and taxes under Section 3 of the Special Areas Act, 1937 100,000
Miscellaneous 84,500