3. Mr. W. Joseph Stewart
asked the Minister of Labour what progress has been made on the Team Valley Trading Estate and the Pallion and South-West Durham Trading Estates; the number of factories 1364 now completed; the number under construction; and the number of persons employed on each estate up to the most recent date?
§ Mr. E. Brown
On 30th April, 1938, 44 factories had been completed on the Team Valley Trading Estate. Of these 42 were occupied by tenants, 35 of whom had begun production. On the same date 35 factories were in course of construction and agreements had been made with 18 further tenants for whom the building of factories had not begun. It is understood that approximately 1,000 persons were employed in the factories, and 1,450 persons were employed on the development work of the trading estate. The erection of two factories had just been begun and 13 workpeople were employed on the site acquired at St. Helen's, Auckland. Two factories were in course of erection, and 48 workpeople were employed at Pallion.