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Distressed Areas (New Industries)

Volume 244: debated on Wednesday 12 November 1930

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asked the President of the Board of Trade what progress has been made in establishing new industries in the depressed areas for the purpose of finding alternative employment?

This is a question to which attention is given as and when opportunity offers, but my hon. Friend will appreciate that it is primarily a matter for industry to choose its own location, and that it is extremely difficult to attempt to influence this freedom of choice.

Are we to understand from the answer that no new industry has been made during the 18 months?