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Fielden Bridge, Auckland (Site)

Volume 649: debated on Tuesday 21 November 1961

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asked the President of the Board of Trade what progress is being made with the development for industrial purposes of the Fielden Bridge area, adjacent to the St. Helen's, Auckland, site; and how many inquiries have been received for industrial development there.

The Board's regional office in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, has shown this site to six firms so far, as well as suggesting it to other inquirers. One firm is known to be interested in the site.

Would not one of the answers to this problem be building roads and making other improvements to this site? Would the right hon. Gentleman follow his hon. Friend's statement in Scotland and take full account of the problems of South-West Durham? May I remind him that there has been no reduction in male unemployment in this area since the passing of the Local Employment Act?

I noticed the hon. Member's Question about roads asked to the Minister of Transport on 15th November. As to employment in Durham generally, I gladly give the assurance the hon. Member asks.