§ 11. Mr. Owen
asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps are being taken to encourage the development of new industries in the East Northumberland coalfield following the cut-back of coal production, and the closure of collieries, and the special impact of these upon the employment of young people in the area.
§ Mr. J. Rodgers
We should be glad to see new industry going to East Northumberland and an industrial development certificate would be granted for any suitable project. Further, if any part of the area is expected to suffer from high and persistent unemployment as a result of colliery closures, it will be able to get the benefit of the Local Employment Bill when that becomes law.