§ 12. Mr. Hector Hughes
asked the President of the Board of Trade, in view of the recent increase in unemployment in the City and County of Aberdeen, what steps he plans to take to mitigate it by the introduction of new light industries there.
§ Sir D. Eccles
In April, the Board of Trade Controller for Scotland visited Aberdeen and district and discussed the employment position fully with the local authorities and the Chairman of the 1290 District Committee of the Scottish Board for Industry. We shall do what we can do to bring the facilities available in the area to the notice of firms looking for new premises.
§ Mr. Hughes
But what has the right hon. Gentleman done about light industry? Does he realise that a ton of precision instruments is worth more than a ton of the products of heavy industry, and that this is of particular value to a place like Aberdeen, which is harassed by high freight rates? I have asked this question often. Will the right hon. Gentleman direct his mind to it and say what he has done about it?