HC Deb 18 November 1947 vol 444 c972
46. Mr. McKinlay

asked the Lord President of the Council if any decision has been taken on the siting of the Engineering Research Station for the West of Scotland.

The Lord President of the Council (Mr. Herbert Morrison)

After consultation with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland I propose that the Mechanical Engineering Research Establishment should be located in the area of the new town at East Kilbride, and investigations into suitable sites are proceeding.

Mr. McKinlay

May I ask my right hon. Friend how this decision will be affected by the proposed cuts in capital expenditure?

Mr. Morrison

We had better wait until the capital expenditure Paper is ready, but the siting of the station is so settled. My hon. Friend can be sure that I will do all I can to advance the venture.

Mr. Henderson Stewart

Can the right hon. Gentleman indicate, even approximately, when he expects that this station will be completed?

Mr. Morrison

That question should be put upon the Order Paper. I have no doubt that the hon. Gentleman will be grateful to me for having seen that this great station goes into Scotland.

Mr. Willis

Will my right hon. Friend consider whether it would not be in the national interest to place more research establishments in Scotland that are there now?

Mr. Morrison

Other establishments have gone, and will go, into Scotland. My hon. Friend may be sure that Scottish interests in these matters will be very prominent in my mind.