HC Deb 24 May 1922 vol 154 cc1249-50W

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the attention of the Overseas Trade Department or the Board of Trade has been directed to the schemes of electrification in the Duchy of Luxemburg; whether British engineers will be in a position to quote for plant, machinery, and equipment in the Duchy; whether the Departments, separately or in co-operation, are able to supply information and facilities for tendering to British firms; and, if not, seeing the present state of unemployment, whether the Departments will be prepared to make any effort in this matter?


Tentative suggestions have been put forward from time to time for the electrification of the Luxemburg railways, but I have no information that any definite scheme has been formulated. With regard to the last part of the question, the Commercial Secretary at Brussels in whose area Luxemburg is included keeps the Department informed in the ordinary course of his duties, of any developments likely to be of interest to British industry, but I will gladly have a special inquiry addressed to him on the matter and will communicate again in due course with my hon. Friend.