HC Deb 29 July 1959 vol 610 c87W
77. Mr. Speir

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the impending closure of a large number of coal mines in Northumberland and Durham, with the consequent threat of unemployment in mining areas and the fact that under the terms of the Distribution of Industry (Industrial Finance) Act, 1958, it is impossible to take into account threatened, as distinct from actual, unemployment, the Government will consider the early introduction of amending legislation so as to encourage the establishment of new industries in such areas before unemployment develops there.

Mr. J. Rodgers

Naturally we examine constantly the working of the Distribution of Industry Acts and consider whether and how they might be improved.