§ Q14. Mr. Bruce-Gardyne
asked the Prime Minister what representations he has received from the General Secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress regarding Her Majesty's Government's policy towards employment and manufacturing investment in Scotland in the light of the decision of Plessey Limited not to proceed with plans for a new factory in Dundee; and what reply he has sent.
§ The Prime Minister
The General Secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress and I are in touch from time to time on a number of matters and, while it is not for me to divulge the nature of our correspondence, I can tell the hon. Member I have recently expressed to Mr. Jack the Government's determination to continue the great efforts which have been made, not without some considerable success, to encourage the setting up of new industry, particularly science based industry, in Scotland. I have also assured164W him that the Government will continue to use to the full the powers given by the Local Employment Acts and the Industrial Development Act to attract new firms to Dundee. The 27,000 sq. ft. advance factory for Dundee included in the latest programme announced in November last is an example of our determination in this field.