HC Deb 10 November 1966 vol 735 cc342-3W
78. Mr. Ogden

asked the President of the Board of Trade when the construction of the two advance factories allocated to North Merseyside is to be commenced; and what is the estimated date for their completion.

Mr. Jay

We have had very considerable difficulties in acquiring land for these two factories, and owing to local authority intervention, a public inquiry was unavoidable. But we are now nearing the completion of our negotiations. Major site works will be necessary this winter. I hope, however, that construction will be started in June, 1967 and completed by March, 1968.

79. Mr. Ogden

asked the President of the Board of Trade what progress has been made to secure a site for the advance factory allocated to South Merseyside.

Mr. Jay

Efforts are still being made to find a suitable site. Unless these are successful in the near future, it may be necessary to build this factory elsewhere.

Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that the success of his policy of providing advance factories for Aberdeen means that more advance factories are needed there; and if he will take steps to provide more advance factories there.

Mr. Jay

Construction of the 12,500 sq. ft. advance factory in Aberdeen, announced in September, 1965, began in August, 1966, and is expected to be completed next April. A further advance factory of 27,500 sq. ft. was included in the programme I announced on 3rd November.