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Advance Factories

Volume 975: debated on Monday 3 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry what additional steps he proposes to take to offer advance factories to their tenants, and to use the funds realised for further factory construction.

In appropriate cases, the tenants of the English Industrial Estates Corporation now have the opportunity to purchase their freeholds or obtain a long lease of 125 years instead of the 99 years granted previously. Mortgages are available where desired. The proceeds will enable the Government to reduce the net costs of the factory programme.

Million square metres
Cotton cloth1181069310911211898112120109
Man-made fibre cloth203184170189182175156181196184
Source:Textile Statistics Bureau—converted from liner metres.
Comparable information by value is not available. Figures collected by the Business Statistics Office relate to sales of cloth in the loom state and finished.
£ million
Cotton cloth29302730282826293130
Man-made fibre cloth80747183888376919591
* Small change in classification of cloth.
Source: Business Monitor PQ 413.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what was the level of import penetration as a percentage of domestic sales, by volume and by value in each quarter of 1977, each quarter of 1978 and the three quarters of 1979 in