HC Deb 11 February 1947 vol 433 c46W
95. Mr. Piratin

asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning whether in view of the need for attracting labour to the heavy industries, among such attractions being the amenities provided by the new towns, he will consider, in the process of the planning of the new towns, the allocation of a number of heavy industrial enterprises.

Mr. F. Marshall

Yes, Sir, Subject to the overriding consideration that the selection of firms to settle there must be such as to secure that the new towns are properly balanced economically and socially, there is no reason to exclude heavy industry from consideration It will, of course, be appreciated that for a variety of reasons heavy industries are normally less readily mobile than others. So far as the new towns are situated in the Greater London area, the introduction of heavy industries would be limited to such enterprises as were already located in the congested central areas of London and were willing to transfer to the new town.