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Light Industries, Goole

Volume 527: debated on Tuesday 4 May 1954

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the need for light industries to be developed in Goole; and whether he will encourage industrialists to establish them there.

I am aware that some further industrial employment would be welcomed in the Goole area, but there is, as the hon. Member knows, a limit to the amount of industry seeking new quarters.

Does not the Minister agree that it is a very serious situation when about one-sixth of the adult working population of Goole has to travel out of the town in order to obtain work? This entails something like 2 to 2½hours' travel a day. Could not the right hon. Gentleman do something to encourage light industries to settle in the town?

I will bear all these factors in mind in giving consideration to this matter, but only 289 out of a total insured population of 12,000 in the Goole area are at the moment unemployed.