HC Deb 27 May 1963 vol 678 c900
17. Mr. W. Hamilton

asked the Minister without Portfolio what steps he intends to take to improve the publicity for development districts in foreign countries, and especially in the United States of America.

The Secretary for Technical Cooperation (Mr. Robert Carr)

I have been asked to reply. As my right hon. Friend told the House on 20th May. he has sought advice from an advertising agency on this problem, and further action will be considered as soon as its full report is available.

Mr. Hamilton

Can the Minister say whether any Scots advice will be available to him when he makes decisions in this matter? With regard to publicity in America, will the right hon. Gentleman ensure that the publicity there is on a much more generous scale than it was until just a few months ago, because at that time it was threadbare?

Mr. Carr

I cannot answer specifically the question of Scots advice, although there are Scotsmen about wherever one goes to seek advice. I assure the hon. Member, however, that my right hon. Friend is well aware of the importance of publicity in this direction, and certainly in the United States, although I hope that the hon. Member will not underestimate what has been done in that country since 1960.