§ 14. Mr. Bruce-Gardyne
asked the Secretary of State for. Scotland if he will require the Scottish Development Department to conduct a survey of the loss of employment in Scotland resulting from the cancellation of arms export contracts and the resulting loss of prospective arms export orders, and to publish the results.
§ Mr. William Ross
No, Sir. I am not aware that there is likely to be any loss of employment in Scotland arising from the cancellation of arms export orders or contracts.
§ Mr. Bruce-Gardyne
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that that is a grossly inadequate answer? Cannot he grasp that whenever one of his right hon. Friends calls for the cancellation of orders from one country, owing to the selective 469 morality of the Government, export orders for defence equipment to many other parts are automatically hazarded? Is it true, as the Ministry of Defence has said, that 100,000 jobs in Scotland are dependent on the defence industry? What is the right hon. Gentleman doing to exercise what little influence he may have in the Cabinet to protect jobs?
§ Mr. Speaker
Order. In spite of the fact that the hon. Member for Glasgow, Govan (Mr. Selby) is waving his Order Paper at me I shall call him for a supplementary question.
§ Mr. Selby
Is the Minister aware that there is some danger that the possible take-over of Barclay Curie's yard by Yarrow's could lead to unemployment at Govan Shipbuilders, which currently has a full order book? Does he appreciate that the developments of which I speak could lead to a diminution in Govan Shipbuilders' orders?
§ Mr. Galbraith
Surely it is not a question of the jobs that have been lost but the prospective loss of jobs. In view of the great amount of public money in the shipbuilding industry, will the right hon. Gentleman apply his mind to that point?
§ Mr. Bruce-Gardyne
On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. In view of the totally unsatisfactory nature of that reply, I beg to give notice that I shall seek to raise this matter on the Adjournment at the earliest opportunity.