HC Deb 13 December 1960 vol 632 cc190-1
13. Mr. Malcolm MacMillan

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will introduce legislation to ensure that all cloth marketed as Harris Tweed after January, 1962, is wholly processed and produced in the Outer Hebrides.

Mr. N. Macpherson

No, Sir. This is a matter for the courts.

Mr. MacMillan

There is a much wider question than action by the courts involved here. Is the hon. Gentleman aware that this is the blackest unemployment area in the whole of Britain? While we welcome new firms coming in, what is happening is that firms are going out there to do some of their processing, the rest being done elsewhere on the mainland. They are not giving full employment in the area like the "Orb" Mark firms. Therefore, we are asking for some protection for the traditional manufacturing industry in the area.

Mr. Macpherson

This is a matter of application of the law and a matter for the courts. It is before the courts at present.