HC Deb 09 October 1946 vol 427 cc65-6W
78. Mr. West

asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of persons for whom employment will be found in the programme of new factories in the development area of South Wales.

Mr. Belcher

It is estimated that employment will be found for 47,000 people when the 169 new factories and extensions so far approved in the South Wales and Monmouthshire Development Area are completed and in full production. In addition, the Government will build 49 factories in advance of definite demands from industrialists and these will, it is hoped, provide employment for a further 12,000 persons. My hon. Friend no doubt realises that, in addition to new factories, other developments are in hand which will have a considerable employment value.

79. Mr. Grenfell

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will publish a list of the factories completed during the last three years or in course of construction in Wales; and the number of men and women in employment at such factories at the latest available date.

Mr. Belcher

Seven new factories and five extensions to existing factories have been completed in the past three years; employment in these factories and exten- sions amounted to approximately 900 men and 2,000 women at 31st August last. Sixty new factories and 22 extensions to existing factories are at present in various stages of construction. As the list of such factories is long, I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, send a copy to him.