HC Deb 01 February 1971 vol 810 cc1242-3
23. Mr. William Edwards

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has to seek to make an official visit to the United States of America in the near future.

Mr. Peter Thomas

I have no plans at present to visit the United States of America.

Mr. Edwards

is it not a fact that those companies which inquired about the chances of developing in Wales following the visit to the Hilton Hotel were not taken in by the Government's economic policies for Wales? Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that if he were to go to the United States he might find American companies a little more gullible? Is it not a fact that while one of the advantages which we are hoping to get in Wales from entry into the European Economic Community is investment by foreign companies, the Government's present policies for Wales are less advantageous for foreign investment than in any other part of the E.E.C.?

Mr. Peter Thomas

That is totally untrue. Indeed, of the 20 industrialists who made specific inquiries at the Development Corporation's exhibition in London, one has firmly taken a site in Wales and two more are examining sites.

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