HC Deb 18 June 1969 vol 785 cc100-1W
Mr. Will Owen

asked the President of the Board of Trade for what total floor area were industrial development certificates approved for the South-East in 1968; what was the comparable figure for 1966; how these compare with approvals for developments in the North-East; and whether he will make a statement.

Mrs. Gwyneth Dunwoody

In recent years there has been a marked increase in i.d.c. approvals in the North-East

1966 1968 Per cent. change 1968 over 1966
Region Number Area Number Area
London and South-East 830 13,235 1,120 21,194 +1.2§
(10,757)† (10,882)†
North-East‡ 206 6,558 237 11,145 +69.9
* All schemes including buildings converted to industrial use.
† In August, 1966 the area of industrial development certificates was extended to include ancillary space. The figures in brackets are estimates of the floor area which would have been approved on the old basis. The Northern Region included ancillary space prior to 1966.
‡ Northern Region excluding Cumberland and Westmorland.
§ In order to show a fairer percentage change for the South-East, the figures in brackets relating to production space only have been used.