HC Deb 21 December 1938 vol 342 cc2856-7
29. Mr. J. J. Davidson

asked the Secretary of State for Air the total number of Scottish building firms that have been invited to tender for Air Ministry contracts in England and Scotland, respectively, during the present year?

Sir K. Wood

I find that practically all the Scottish building firms on the Air Ministry list have been invited to tender for work in Scotland or England during the current year, and Scottish firms are also regularly invited to tender for structural steelwork in both countries.

Mr. Mathers

Can the Minister say how these firms are distributed throughout Scotland? Is he aware of the desire in the east as well as in the west of Scotland for this work?

Sir K. Wood

We have to go where the firms happen to be situated. If the hon. Member has any case he would like me to look into, I will inquire into it.

Mr. Davidson

Can the Minister indicate the number of Scottish firms compared with the number of English firms who are allowed to quote for tenders?

Sir K. Wood

No, Sir, as I have said, we apply to practically all the Scottish firms, so I hope Scotland is satisfied.

Mr. R. Gibson

Does the expression "building firms" include manufacturers of concrete erections and installations, and, if not, will he see that such firms are included among those invited to tender?

Sir K. Wood

I will inquire and communicate with the hon. Member.

Sir John Haslam

Does my right hon. Friend include Scottish firms domiciled in England?

Sir K. Wood

I have covered that in my answer.