Agricultural Machinery Output

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th January 1948.

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Photo of Mr Emrys Hughes Mr Emrys Hughes , South Ayrshire 12:00 am, 20th January 1948

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps are being taken to increase the output of agricultural machinery in Scotland.

Photo of Mr Arthur Woodburn Mr Arthur Woodburn , Clackmannan and Eastern

The production programmes of Scottish manufacturers of agricultural machinery provide for a substantial overall increase in output in 1948. The Government have increased substantially the allocations of steel to these manufacturers and will continue to do everything possible to assist them in implementing their plans.

Photo of Mr Emrys Hughes Mr Emrys Hughes , South Ayrshire

Is the Secretary of State aware that one of the oldest agricultural implement factories in Scotland is suffering from the handicap of a lack of skilled labour and a lack of material? Is he also aware that a new American factory is also contemplated, and will he see that there is co-ordination of these activities in order to help the agricultural industry?

Photo of Mr Arthur Woodburn Mr Arthur Woodburn , Clackmannan and Eastern

I will look into any point about the supply of material to the factory which my hon. Friend has in mind, and if it is at all possible we will do what we can to put that right.

Photo of Major Sir Duncan McCallum Major Sir Duncan McCallum , Argyll

Will the right hon. Gentleman do what he can to press forward the provision of spare parts for agricultural machinery, the absence of which is immobilising much machinery in the industry?

Photo of Mr Arthur Woodburn Mr Arthur Woodburn , Clackmannan and Eastern

Yes, but it is always a difficult problem to settle the proportion of spare parts and new machines.

Photo of Colonel Sir Alan Gomme-Duncan Colonel Sir Alan Gomme-Duncan , Perth

Will the right hon. Gentleman assure the House, in regard to the new machinery manufactured in Scotland, that what will be required for use by farmers in Scotland will be provided, and not exported?

Photo of Mr Arthur Woodburn Mr Arthur Woodburn , Clackmannan and Eastern

That would be a dangerous procedure, because England might refuse to give us our share of machines from the South—[Interruption.]

Photo of Mr Adam M'Kinlay Mr Adam M'Kinlay , Dunbartonshire

On a point of Order, Is it in Order for a Member to say audibly in this House "To hell with the English"?

Photo of Mr Douglas Clifton Brown Mr Douglas Clifton Brown , Hexham

It is not in Order but it I did not hear it that makes a great difference.

Photo of Colonel Sir Alan Gomme-Duncan Colonel Sir Alan Gomme-Duncan , Perth

If I did say anything rather foolish, I naturally withdraw it.