§ Mr. E. Walkden
asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) what factory accommodation he proposes to offer to the firm, Don Optical Company, in. the Don-caster district; and if, as this firm is now handicapped by having to produce its goods in numerous small and scattered buildings, therefore uneconomical to supervise, he will favourably consider this firm for prior consideration for factory space in the Doncaster district;
(2) if he is aware that, on 1st June, one of his regional controllers advised the director of the Don Optical Company, a firm already well established in the Doncaster district drawing its labour from surrounding villages, that if they wished to gain consideration for factory space or any help for a new building they should be prepared to move from the Doncaster district to another town in Yorkshire; and wiry it is necessary to move this firm from the Doncaster district.
§ Mr. Lyttelton
The firm in question have already a manufacturing unit in the other Yorkshire town nearby which the hon. Member mentions. They applied for surplus Government premises hi Doncaster, but unfortunately none are available. If suitable premises cannot be found, I should welcome a proposal from the firm for new building either in Doncaster or in the surrounding area.