HC Deb 11 March 1958 vol 584 cc205-6
3. Mr. M. Clark Hutchison

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if, in conjunction with interested Scottish trade and commercial associations and the President of the Board of Trade, he will invite selected representatives of each of the Dominions in turn to come to Scotland with a view to increasing her trade with the Commonwealth.

The Joint Under-Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. Niall Macpherson)

While my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade is primarily responsible for making official arrangements for Commonwealth trade representatives who visit this country under the sponsorship of their Governments, my right hon. Friend will be very glad to co-operate in making them welcome to Scotland at any time, and so, I know, will the Scottish Council (Development and Industry).

Mr. Clark Hutchison

Is my hon. Friend aware of the great amount of good will there is in all the Dominions towards Scotland, and will he, not the President of the Board of Trade, take the initiative in this matter? Does he realise that by some bold imagination we have a chance here of helping Scotland to help herself?

Mr. Macpherson

My right hon. Friend is aware of the considerations that my hon. Friend mentioned, but this is a matter primarily for the President of the Board of Trade.

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