§ Mr. Terlezki
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the advance factories programme in Wales and the benefit it produces.
§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
The Government's advance factory programme supports the other measures of regional policy by providing speculative premises in areas where the private sector has shown itself unwilling to supply them. It continues to yield substantial benefits by providing space for new job opportunities. During 1985 the Welsh development agency, Mid Wales Development and the Cwmbran development corporation allocated a total of 457 advance factories, comprising more than 2 million sq ft of floor space, to companies which are expecting to create nearly 6,000 jobs.