HC Deb 11 November 1970 vol 806 cc378-9
24. Mr. Sillars

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will bring to the attention of German industrialists applying for consent to investment in Scotland the recent changes in Government policy on incentives to industry.

Mr. Younger

My right hon. Friend intends to ensure that the new combination of incentives available to industrialists investing in Scotland is widely known in Germany and elsewhere.

Mr. Sillars

Is it true that the Under-Secretary of State himself flew over the Firth of Clyde with a group of German industrialists and pointed out the magnificent deep-water facilities of Hunterston? Would he now tell us whether this implies that a decision has been taken in relation to the development at Hunterston? Finally, if he brought back any of the waters of the Clyde, would he dab a little on the brow of his hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow, Cathcart (Mr. Edward M. Taylor) and cool that temper of his?

Mr. Younger

I did not fly over the Clyde myself, but I arranged for our visitors from Germany to do so. They were most impressed with what they saw. The other part of the hon. Gentleman's question is a matter which is under consideration, as he knows, by my right hon. Friend. I certainly cannot give any information on that at this time.