§ 13. Mr. Clark Hutchison
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will visit Canada and the United States of America in the near future, with a view to improving trade between these countries and Scotland.
§ The Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. William Ross)
I have no plans for such a visit in the near future.
§ Mr. Hutchison
Does the right hon. Gentleman remember the example set by 1384 my right hon. Friend the Member for Argyll (Mr. Noble), whose visits to Russia and America were most successful? Will he bear in mind that the potential for increased trade between Canada and ourselves and the United States and ourselves is very great and that good will towards Scotland exists in those countries?
§ Mr. Ross
I remember very well the visit of the right hon. Member for Argyll (Mr. Noble) when Secretary of State. He went under one Prime Minister and returned under another. According to what he said when he came back, all he knew about it was what he had read in the newspapers. That visit was related, well intentionally, to the industrial development of Scotland. The Question was about improving trade. That is principally the concern of the President of the Board of Trade. I think that personal intervention by the Secretary of State should be reserved for occasions when it would clearly be appropriate and likely to produce tangible and lasting results.
§ Mr. Emrys Hughes
Is my right hon. Friend aware that yesterday many anti-American speeches were delivered from the other side of the House indicating that hon. Members opposite regarded America as one of our greatest enemies in trade? Does he not think that he ought to reconsider his decision in order to undo the harm that was done yesterday?
§ Sir W. Anstruther-Gray
Would the right hon. Gentleman consider paying a visit to Berwick and East Lothian, because we have not had a glimpse of him for six months and feel that we are being neglected?