HC Deb 23 April 1959 vol 604 c60W
50. Mr. Edward Evans

asked the President of the Board of Trade how many applications he has received from industrial firms wishing to take advantage of the assistance afforded by the Distribution of Industry Act, 1958, to establish factories in North-East Suffolk; how many have been accepted; and, in view of the position in Lowestoft, where sites and premises are available with all necessary services, if he will now place Lowestoft on his list so that new enterprises in that town could attract unemployed labour from such areas in the neighbourhood where the incidence of unemployment brings them into the scheme.

Sir D. Eccles

I understand that so far two firm and eligible applications have been received by the Treasury for North-East Suffolk, of which one has been rejected and the other is under consideration by D.A.T.A.C. The rate of unemployment in Lowestoft does not warrant adding it to the places to which the Act applies, but projects located in Lowestoft would qualify for assistance if they would draw part of their labour force from a place on the list.