HC Deb 10 March 1959 vol 601 cc100-1W
Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the President of the Board of Trade what further steps he has taken to promote industry in Aberdeen and the Highlands in pursuance of the letter which, in February, 1959, he sent to 50,000 managing directors, and with what success in actually promoting these new industries or extending existing industries.

Mr. J. Rodgers

Since the letter was sent out in January, Industrial Development Certificates have been granted in Aberdeen and the Highlands for four projects, estimated to provide 92 jobs, and four further projects, to employ 181 people, have been started. Seven applications for financial assistance under the Distribution of Industry (Industrial Finance) Act, 1958 have been approved this year and a further eleven are under consideration. The hon. and learned Member will also have in mind the availability of the Development Fund for factory building in the area.