HC Deb 15 March 1967 vol 743 cc102-3W
Mr. Urwin

asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the total area of factory space currently unoccupied in the Northern Region; how many jobs are represented by this figure; and what steps he is taking to remedy the situation.

Mr. Jay

No complete record of unoccupied factory space is kept by the Board of Trade. Even if such a record were available, the number of jobs which could be provided would be impossible to determine because of the different needs of different industries. My Regional Office in Newcastle keeps records of empty industrial space notified to them, and brings this information to the attention of suitable firms as necessary.