HC Deb 01 July 1958 vol 590 cc72-3W
47 and 48. Mr. Woodburn

asked the Prime Minister (1) whether he is aware of the continuing tendency for developments in industry and commerce to concentrate in London and other already overpopulated areas; and what overall policy the Government Departments concerned have for the better distribution of new enterprises throughout the country;

(2) whether he will ask all Government ordering Ministries and those establishing direct and indirect Government-financed research and development enterprises to prepare a plan for their distribution throughout the country, with a view to greater diversity and dispersal of population and vital activities.

The Prime Minister

It is the policy of the Government to use their powers, including the issue of Industrial Development Certificates, to reduce congestion in these areas. While the Government bear these general considerations in mind, in the placing of Government orders and in the finance of research and development, the right hon. Gentleman will understand that other factors must be taken into account.