Mr. Alan Williams
asked the President of the Board of Trade what proportion of Great Britain's new factory space constructed, or for which industrial development certificates have been issued, has been in each of the development areas in each year since 1955.
§ Mr. Darling
The proportion of industrial building certificates issued in the Development Areas as a percentage of the total for Great Britain is given in the table below for the years 1961 to 1966. Comparable figures for 1955 to 1960 are not available. The percentages are based on floor space. In the Northern Region, Wales and Scotland but not elsewhere, floor space in respect of certificates issued has usually included ancillary space for storage, canteens, etc. For these three regions, therefore, the percentage overstate the absolute share, although the trend is unlikely to have been affected.145W