HC Deb 24 March 1955 vol 538 cc2241-2
2. Sir R. Boothby

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that, since he announcedthe launching of the so-called Buckie-Peterhead Scheme, there have been no developments of any importance in the North-East of Scotland; and as this has given rise to confusion and disappointment, whether he will now state precisely what has been achieved under the scheme, and what further developments the Government have in mind.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

One factory has been built and negotiations for a second are in progress.

Sir R. Boothby

Does not my right hon. Friend think that one factory and a negotiation for another is a somewhat meagre result from the rather splendid scheme which he launched some time ago? Has he no further proposals to make beyond a negotiation for one further factory?

Mr. Thorneycroft

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for describing my scheme in such glowing terms, but I had not thought it quite so elaborate. What I had intended was that we should take an opportunity, as I said at the time, to build one or two factories, and that we are doing.

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