HC Deb 23 October 1956 vol 558 c18W
78. Mr. Bottomley

asked the President of the Board of Trade to make a statement about the visit to Canada of the Minister of State.

Mr. Low

I made a short tour of Western Canada last month. During my time there, I had discussions with industrial leaders and members of the Provincial Governments in British Columbia and Alberta. I also saw something of the tremendous industrial expansion taking place in those Provinces and of the United Kingdom's share in it. In particular, I attended the opening ceremony for the submarine power cable between Vancouver and Vancouver Island, which has been supplied and laid by a United Kingdom firm. I took every opportunity to point to the technical achievements of British industry since the war and to encourage Canadians to find out what we have to offer.

I was impressed by the keen interest in Western Canada in buying British goods and have returned more convinced than ever of the opportunities that exist in that market for our exports and of the importance of personal visits to it by the leading men in manufacturing firms who export there or can export there.