HC Deb 18 December 1962 vol 669 cc172-3W
Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will set out in tabular form the percentage increase in employment resulting from the granting of industrial development certificates since the present Act came into operation, for each region, for Northern Ireland, for the six cities which have derived the greatest assistance, and for Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, respectively.

Mr. Erroll

The industrial development certificate system does not extend to Northern Ireland. Industrial building information is based on Employment Exchange areas. Comparable information for all these areas in Great Britain is not readily available. The figures for standard regions and the Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire Employment Exchange areas are as follows:

Industrial development certificates issued 1st April, 1960 to 30th September, 1962
Potential employment as percentage increases of the estimated numbers of insured employees in manufacturing industry at mid-1960
Standard region: %
Northern 5.2
East and West Ridings 1.4
North Midland 2.8
Eastern 6.4
London and South Eastern 1.6
Southern 5.6
South Western 5.0
Wales 6.4
Midland 1.2
North Western 2.1
Scotland 3.9
Stoke-on-Trent 0.9
North Staffordshire* 2.3
* The Employment Exchange areas of Stoke-on-Trent (including Burslem, Hanley and Longton), Newcastle-under-Lyme, Kidsgrove, Biddulph, Stone, Leek and Cheadle.

Mr. Jay

asked the President of the Board of Trade what percentages of total factory space, in square feet, approved by industrial development certificates in the United Kingdom as a whole, were within development districts and the London and South-East region, respectively, in 1960, 1961, and the period of 1962 for which figures are available.

Mr. Erroll

The figures are as follows:

1st April, 1960–31st December, 1960 1961 1st January, 1962–30th September, 1962
Development districts 13.5 14.7 14.1
London and South Eastern Region 14.2 17.9 15.8

Many of the industrial development certificates granted in the London and South Eastern Region were for extensions to existing capacity which could not be moved elsewhere, or for projects serving the local population.

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