HC Deb 28 July 1960 vol 627 cc182-3W
86. Mr. McMaster

asked the President of the Board of Trade what action his Department is taking to assist and encourage industry in Northern Ireland to expand its exports along with industry in the rest of the United Kingdom.

Mr. Maudling

All the Government's services are available to exporters in Northern Ireland as elsewhere. The Ministry of Commerce of the Northern Ireland Government works closely with the Board of Trade in rendering services to exporters and already handles a large volume of inquiries from Northern Irish exporters. It will be happy to handle more.

87. Mr. McMaster

asked the President of the Board of Trade what positive steps his Department have taken recently to bring to the attention of expanding industries in Great Britain the desirability of setting up factories in Northern Ireland; and what additional proposals he has in mind.

Mr. Maudling

The Board of Trade are continuing to take every opportunity open to them, in their contacts with expanding firms, to emphasise the advantages offered by Northern Ireland. My Department keeps in constant touch with the Government of Northern Ireland, who, in addition, have their own machinery for seeing that such firms are fully aware of the opportunities which Northern Ireland affords.