HC Deb 02 June 1959 vol 606 cc25-6
40. Lady Tweedsmuir

asked the President of the Board of Trade what arrangements the has made to keep Scottish manufacturers in touch with potential orders in manufacturing under licence or securing sub-contracts.

Mr. J. Rodgers

Licence agreements and sub-contracts, whether with United Kingdom firms or with overseas firms, are usually arranged privately through the ordinary commercial channels, but the Board notifies trade associations and other subscribers to its Special Register Service of inquiries made to the Board's overseas Posts.

Lady Tweedsmuir

What action is taken by the Board of Trade to work in conjunction with the Scottish Council in this matter? Many manufacturers who perfectly understand the system of contracting to manufacture under licence or sub-contracting cannot get sufficient information from the Board of Trade in the early stages in Scotland.

Mr. Rodgers

My understanding is that the Controller for Scotland is in close touch with the Scottish Council. I shall certainly look into the matter if my hon Friend will send me particulars.