HC Deb 06 December 1967 vol 755 cc326-7W
101. Mr. W. Baxter

asked the President of the Board of Trade how many advance factories have been built in West Stirlingshire; and what estimate he has made of the immediate prospects in view of the past closures of pits and the possibilities of further closures in the near future.

Mrs. Gwyneth Dunwoody

One factory at Kilsyth. I am aware of the difficulties created by pit closures in West Stirling and we are doing all we can to promote alternative employment by encouraging development of new industry.

103. Mr. David Watkins

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will subdivide untenanted advance factories in development areas, or build new ones, subdivided, so as to make them suitable for firms employing 10 to 50 employees.

Mrs. Gwyneth Dunwoody

Advance factories are usually built in a range of sizes from 5,000 sq. ft. to 50,000 sq. ft. We have found that this range has satisfied most types of demand. I am prepared to consider building smaller factories where necessary. It would not be economic or normally practicable to subdivide existing factories.