§ Mr. Dempsey
asked the Secretary of State for Industry, Trade and Regional Development when it is proposed to start building the new industrial estate for north Lanarkshire; what is the estimated date when the first factories will be ready; and what is the estimated number of people to be employed in each of the first five years.
§ Mr. du Cann
The negotiations to acquire the land for the new Board108W of Trade industrial estate at Bellshill are nearing completion. The site has been surveyed and the next step will be to lay estate roads and carry out other civil engineering work. Factories will then follow but it is too early to say how many persons they will employ.