HC Deb 06 December 1971 vol 827 cc217-8W
Mr. Strang

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many men and women are at present employed in Government-built advance factories in Scotland; how many such factories remain unoccupied; and if the Government now intends to build additional advance factories in Scotland.

Sir J. Eden

57,000 men and 33,000 women are employed in factories owned by the Department in Scotland. 54 empty factories owned by the Department are available for immediate letting and a further seven are under construction. In addition a further four advance factories have been authorised on which work has not yet started and others will be added under the S.D.A. programme as circumstances require. The possibility of yet further authorisation is kept under review.