§ 61. Mr. Willey
asked the Minister of Transport whether she will ensure that the headquarters of the National Freight Corporation will be erected in a development area; and whether she will ask the Northern Economic Planning Council to make proposals for locations in the Northern Region.
§ Mrs. Castle
As part of its regional policy the Government encourages the nationalised industries to disperse staff away from congested areas as far as practicable. The headquarters of a number of the companies the National Freight Corporation will take over are already away from the South-East, including some in development areas, where many of the district offices will also be located. But the commercial judgment of the Corporation must carry great weight in the decision on where its own headquarters should be sited.