HC Deb 04 December 1995 vol 268 c1
1. Mr. Campbell-Savours

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what approaches he has received from the Campbell Soups company about location in Wales. [1856]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales (Mr. Gwilym Jones)


Mr. Campbell-Savours

May I suggest to the Minister that, if Campbell Soups does knock on his door, he should avoid the company like the plague? Will he reflect on the fact that it paid £58.6 million for a highly profitable top-class company that was making an excellent product in my constituency and, within 11 weeks, announced the closure of the factory? Will he join me in calling on the people of Wales to boycott the products of the company, and in particular Campbell's soups? When they walk into a supermarket and see the product on the shelf, they must turn away and say, "That product is not for me." Customers should. boycott it until the decision affecting Maryport in my constituency is reviewed.

Mr. Jones

I can assure the hon. Gentleman that if Campbell Soups was to make an application for financial assistance to the Welsh Office, we would look carefully at it, as we do any such application.

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