HC Deb 28 November 1938 vol 342 cc30-1
52. Mr. Henderson Stewart

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware of the dissatisfaction felt in Scotland on account of the small amount of rearmament work, other than naval contracts on the Clyde, which has been allotted to this country; and whether, in view of the peculiar advantages available and the need for stimulating industry there, he will instruct the new Advisory Committee of Supply to take steps to secure a fairer share of orders for Scottish firms?

The Prime Minister

I should much regret the existence of such a feeling as my hon. Friend mentions, more particularly as I am not aware of any grounds for its existence, regard being had to the conditions in other districts. The body to which my hon. Friend refers is devised to assist the Government with advice as to industry generally, and I think it would be a mistake to invite it to approach its problems on a geographical basis.

Mr. Stewart

Is the Prime Minister not aware that a deputation last week waited upon the Secretary of State for Air, representing the Scottish Development Council, the Special Commissioner in Scotland and the Glasgow Corporation, who were unanimous, and had the support of all the Scottish Press, in making the case that Scotland was not getting anything like its share of armament orders?

The Prime Minister

I could add that similar expressions of opinion could come from other areas.

Mr. Malcolm MacMillan

Will the Prime Minister consult the Scottish people before committing them to war and equipping them with armaments made in England?