HC Deb 26 July 1960 vol 627 cc1268-9
6. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that several United States firms have visited Scotland looking for factory sites and that over a score of United States firms are investigating possibilities of extending United States trade in Scotia id; and if he will now make a detailed statement on the Scottish locations considered and the nature of the industries proposed.

Mr. Maudling

Yes, Sir. I am happy to say that a number of United States firms are interested in the possibilities which Scotland affords, and my officials are at present dealing with active inquiries which, if they are successful, child produce a substantial number of new jobs. We know also of many United States firms which are interested in making licensing arrangements with Scottish firms. The hon. and learned Member will appreciate that I cannot reveal the details of confidential discussions with individual firms.

Mr. Hughes

Does the right hon. Gentleman appreciate that his Answers to this Question and to Question No. 5 are abject confessions of failure? If he cannot show any initiative in this matter, will he take a line from Lord Polwarth and the Scottish Council (Development and Industry) who are doing very good work in this respect, and will he try to do something constructive?

Mr. Maudling

The Scottish Council is certainly doing extremely good work. I can only suggest that the hon. and leaned Gentleman should read my Answer to the last Question.