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Industries (De-Concentration)

Volume 414: debated on Monday 15 October 1945

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asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will state his present policy with regard to de-concentration of those industries which have been concentrated.

Administrative arrangements have been made to speed up the procedure for dealing with applications to "de-concentrate." There is only a small number of important industries in which, for the present, owing to special circumstances such as acute shortage of raw material, or the danger of unduly uneconomic operation, re-opening cannot be permitted except after fuller scrutiny of proposals and on a selective basis.