HC Deb 18 March 1952 vol 497 c192W
69. Mr. McAdden

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he is taking to provide employment in the Southend-on-Sea area for the growing number of people anxious to work in that district.

Mr. Hopkinson

I am aware of the fact that the amount of industry in Southend-on-Sea is small compared with the size of the working population, but this is of course normal in a seaside resort. We will consider carefully any proposal to start new industry for defence, exports or other essential needs, but, as my hon. Friend knows, we cannot afford to use our limited resources on schemes which will not help us to achieve these aims.