§ Mr. Gallacher
asked the President of the Board of Trade what new industries have been established in the Highlands and Islands since VE-Day; how many new factories or extensions have been approved, commenced construction, or begun production in the same period; and how many persons do they employ.
§ Mr. H. Wilson
The following industries new to the Highlands and Islands have been established there since VE-Day; processing of shark liver, extraction of wax from peat, and hosiery manufacture. In addition a new coal mine has started production at Machrihanish. Eighteen new factories and extensions of 5,000 square feet and over have been approved during the same period. Four of these are complete and in production and the construction of a further seven has commenced. The four completed are now employing 151 persons (70 men and 81 women).