HC Deb 23 May 1947 vol 437 cc316-7W
Sir R. Glyn

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will set out in the form of a table the areas that are being considered for factory sites in the development areas, indicating how much land is being taken from agricultural production and recreation and what number of houses will be required to accommodate the workers in each of the county districts.

Sir S. Cripps

The information asked for by the hon. Member is only available in respect of sites for factories to be built by the Government under the provisions of the Distribution of Industry Act, 1945. The area of land under consideration, or already acquired, for this purpose in the development areas is set out in the following table:

Development Area. Acreage for factory site. formerly used for agriculture, allotments or recreation.
1. W. Cumberland 124 59
2. N. Eastern 644 387
3. S. Wales and Monmouthshire. 779 549
4. S. Lancashire 92 57
5. Scottish 1,127 796
Total 2,766 1,848

The actual definitions of the boundaries in respect of 14 other sites have not yet been finally settled and are got, therefore, included in the above totals. Since one of the primary aims of the Government's distribution of industry policy is to establish industry in areas where labour is already available, special steps to provide houses to accommodate workers required for these factories are not normally necessary. But the Board of

Development Area. County. Number of key workers houses sponsored by Board of Trade. Number of Executives houses authorised by Board of Trade.
W. Cumberland Cumberland 91
N. Eastern Durham 679 149
Northumberland 83 13
N. Riding of Yorkshire 97 1
S. Wales and Monmouthshire Brecknock 66 1
Carmarthen 6 1
Glamorgan 516 47
Monmouth 372 5
Pembroke 11
Wrexham Denbigh 117
S. Lancashire Lancashire 12
Scottish Lanark 208 20
Ayr 35 2
Dumbarton 14 1
Renfrew 11
Linlithgow 3
W. Lothian 1
Angus 74
Totals 2,396 240