HC Deb 06 December 1967 vol 755 cc332-3W
Mr. Monro

asked the President of the Board of Trade what progress he is making in attracting industry to the areas of pit closures in Scotland.

Mrs. Gwyneth Dunwoody

Since the beginning of 1965 fifty-five firms have decided to set up factories in the Scottish coalfield areas and at present employ over 1,000 men. Over 12,500 more new jobs for men ire expected to be created when these factories are fully manned, and from expansions now planned by firms already in these areas. Additional new jobs will be created in nineteen advance factories yet to be allocated in these areas and I shall continue to use my powers to encourage further developments.

Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the President of the Board of Trade what are the statistical bases relating to the present geographical distribution of Scotland's industrial development and population on which he has formed his plans for the introduction of new industries; and if he will make a statement.

Mrs. Gwyneth Dunwoody

In the formulation of distribution of industry policy, account is taken of a wide range of information, both statistical and non-statistical. Among the more important statistics are those relating to employment and unemployment, population and industrial building.

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