§ Mr. P. Williams
asked the Secretary of State for Industry, Trade and Regional Development how many new factories have been opened in Sunderland in the last six months; and what are the prospects for 1964.
§ Mr. Heath
One factory and one extension were completed during the last six months. Several extensions to existing premises are under way, two of which will employ significant numbers. We are at present seeking a tenant for the Board of Trade advance factory of 26,00() sq. ft. A number of firms have been making inquiries in the Sunderland area, but have not yet decided on their plans for the future.