HC Deb 22 November 1949 vol 470 cc25-6W
84. Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the President of the Board of Trade in view of the continued increased demand for pottery throughout the world and the confidence that it will last for many years, if he will now refuse his official support to applications for licences for further extensions of old pottery factory buildings and give his support in future to licences for the erection of new buildings on the industrial sites provided by the City of Stoke-on-Trent or on other mutually acceptable sites in the North Staffordshire area.

Mr. J. Edwards:

No. Each application for a building licence must be considered on its merits. We must make the best and most economical use of all the resources available to us; and it is often no less important to facilitate extensions and improvements to existing potteries than to erect entirely new ones. I would add, however, that, of four applications received since the end of the war for pottery buildings on entirely new sites, three have been granted; the fourth was withdrawn by the applicants.

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