HC Deb 13 June 1961 vol 642 cc187-8
30. Mr. W. Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland to what extent his Department uses the facilities afforded by the Central Office of Information to publicise the potentialities for industrial development in Scotland.

Mr. Maclay

My Department continues to utilise fully the Central Office of Information publicity services for this purpose.

Mr. Hamilton

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether there has been any increase in expenditure in this field consequent upon the inauguration of the Common Market? Is he not aware that there are firms which normally would be expected to come to Scotland but which are increasingly turning their eyes to Common Market countries, and that increased publicity might do something, anyway, to reverse this trend?

Mr. Maclay

I could not give a categorical answer to the various points raised, but I would recall to the hon. Member an Answer which I gave him last year which explained fully the efforts made to circulate information from my office.