HC Deb 30 November 1966 vol 737 c425
2. Mr. Dalyell

asked the Minister of Aviation what directives he has recently issued to provide for the purchase of goods by his Department in areas of high unemployment, such as Bathgate.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Aviation (Mr. Julian Snow)

My right hon. Friend has recently given instructions that the arrangements for giving preference in the award of Government contracts to firms in the former development districts shall be extended to the wider development areas set up under the Industrial Development Act, 1966.

Mr. Dalyell

Can my hon. Friend state the value of such orders which have been placed in the Bathgate area?

Mr. Snow

No such value is on record, but if my hon. Friend will write to me on this matter I may be able to help him.