HC Deb 29 October 1957 vol 575 cc7-8
17. Mr. Malcolm MacPherson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what reply he has made to the memorandum on the reduction in defence work recently sent to him by the Scottish Council (Development and Industry).

Mr. N. Macpherson

My right hon. Friend has brought the Scottish Council's Memorandum to the notice of his colleagues most immediately concerned. He will reply to the Scottish Council as soon as his consultations with his colleagues are completed.

Mr. MacPherson

Will the hon. Gentleman also bring to the notice of his colleagues the fact that there is the disquiet about the possibility of the unemployment that is caused being rather more severe proportionately in Scotland than in England and Wales? Will he also bring to their notice the desirability of not losing any further highly-skilled men from Scotland over the Border?

Mr. Macpherson

Yes, Sir. These are matters that are closely under consideration and are brought regularly to the notice of my right hon. Friend's colleagues.