HC Deb 19 January 1967 vol 739 cc134-5W
Mr. Fletcher

asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps he proposes to take to bring new industries into the Darlington area, in view of the proposed closure of Darlington Forge Limited with the consequent loss of 650 jobs; and if he will make inquiries as to whether the works and site of this firm is available for disposal to industrialists who may be contemplating a move to the area.

Mr. Jay

Darlington is in the Northern development area, and I am prepared to use my powers to the full to assist suitable industry to set up in the area. My Regional Office has already been in touch with Darlington Forge Limited to obtain details of the works and site so that what is available can be brought to the attention of inquiring industrialists.