asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the number of new industries established since 1945 in Sunderland, and the numbers of male and female personnel, respectively, employed; what further development is anticipated in the near future; and what regard will be paid to the provision of industry which will employ male labour, especially in the skilled grades.
Ten new industries have been established in Sunderland since 1945 and are employing about 950 men and 3,200 women. In addition, many existing firms in Sunderland have built extensions to their factories and are providing employment for about 700 men and a small number of women. When all the new industries and the extensions to existing concerns in the area are in full production, it is hoped that employment will be provided for a further 1,700 men and about 1,800 women. But I am fully aware that these developments will not wholly meet the need for additional employment for men in Sunderland. The Board of Trade are, therefore, continuing to make every effort to attract suitable industries to Sunderland and in doing so will continue to pay particular regard to the skill of the men seeking employment.