HC Deb 31 January 1957 vol 563 c1149
17. Mr. G. M. Thomson

asked the President of the Board of Trade how many inquiries for rented factories in the Scottish Development Area were made, during 1956, from United States firms; and how many are now included in the building projects for 1957.

Sir D. Eccles

Twelve, Sir. No decisions have yet been taken as to the building projects which might qualify for Government finance in 1957.

Mr. Thomson

Is the President of the Board of Trade aware of the widespread concern amongst Scottish industrialists, the Scottish Trades Union Congress and other interested parties in Scotland, about the Government restrictions on building factories to rent, and in view of these American inquiries, will he reconsider the Government's attitude on this matter?

Sir D. Eccles

I understand that only a very small proportion of the American inquiries have got beyond the tentative stage, but I am looking at the position.

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