§ Mr. Speir
asked the President of the Board of Trade what plans there are for the establishment of new industries during the next twelve months in the designated areas under the Local Employment Act in Haltwhistle and Prudhoe.
§ Mr. Maudling
In the Haltwhistle area one firm which has recently established itself is still recruiting, labour, and there are other new jobs in prospect from local expansions. One application for financial assistance under the Local Employment Act has been approved and three more are under consideration. In Prudhoe, the facilities offered by the area have been shown to a number of firms, though none has yet reached a decision to go there. The regional office of the board will continue to do all it can to draw the attention of industrialists to both these areas.