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Warrington-Runcorn New Town

Volume 130: debated on Monday 28 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will give for each year since the inception of Warrington-Runcorn new town the square footage of factory space (a) allocated and (b) filled; and if he will give an estimate of the number of jobs created and safeguarded in so doing.

Since 1981, when the Warrington and Runcorn development corporation was formed, the annual completions, and occupations of factory space, and the numbers of industrial jobs resulting are as follows:

Factory floor space (sq ft)

completed

occupied

Jobs created

1981–82683,200519,8651,294
1982–83585,025525,050852
1983–8446,650679,9001,192
1984–85390,570941,0801,521
1985–86266,000859,0901,050
1986–87527,630679,4401,186
1987–88542,680918,4401,741

Note 1. Completed factory floor space relates to the Corporation's advance factory units and to leasehold and freehold disposals of land for private development.

Note 2. Occupied factory floor space includes re-lets and stock-in-hand from previous years.

Note 3. The figures for jobs created relate to industrial development as a whole and include an element of jobs "safeguarded"; but disaggregated figures are not readily available.