HC Deb 08 July 1952 vol 503 cc78-9W
Mr. Lewis

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he is aware of the lack of industry in the neighbourhood of the Harold Hill housing estate; and what action he proposes to take, in conjunction with the appropriate Departments concerned, to encourage suitable industries to go to this area and thus provide local employment for the residents.

Mr. H. Macmillan

Yes. Suitable London firms wishing to go to this area are given industrial development certificates, though there is difficulty in some cases in obtaining building licences, due to the present need to concentrate industrial development in the most urgent requirements. More licences will be made available for factories in this area as it becomes possible to do so.

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