HC Deb 05 December 1944 vol 406 cc327-8
7. Mr. M. MacMillan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is satisfied that the needs of the hydro-electrical schemes in the Highlands for electrical equipment and supplies for the various works can be adequately met by Scottish firms; and whether they are receiving priority in the placing of orders for these supplies.

Mr. T. Johnston

No constructional schemes have yet been laid before Parliament but the Board will naturally make every effort as and when schemes come into operation to have their requirements in equipment and supplies met so far as possible from Scots firms.

Mr. Gallacher

Would the Secretary of State not consider laying it down as part of the scheme that the fitments should come from Scotland, because we have had so many cases, where Scottish industry is concerned, in which the work has been done in England?

Mr. Johnston

There are obviously parts of the equipment of which, under present conditions, it is impossible to obtain supplies from Scottish firms, and we do not want to hold up the scheme.