HC Deb 26 January 1965 vol 705 cc165-6W
Mr. Derek Page

asked the President of the Board of Trade, in view of his indication that he takes into account the average local earnings when considering approval of industrial development certificates, if he will explain his method of assessing such earnings.

Mr. Darling

In answer to my hon. Friend's Question on 17th December my right hon. Friend said that each application is considered on its merits, and all relevant factors are taken into account. Where average local earnings are relevant, in particular cases, it is by reason of their effect upon the local employment situation. For this purpose it is not considered necessary to assess average local earnings.