asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) the names, nature and location of Canadian manufacturing companies, firms and partnerships which have branches in Scotland; and how many people each employs;
(2) the names, nature and location of Scottish manufacturing companies, firms and partnerships which have branches in Canada; and how many people each employs.
Does the Minister realise that this matter has been completely neglected since the present Government came into power? It is not even mentioned in the latest Report of Scottish industry in contrast to that for the preceding year which gave plenty of material which could have been followed up. What does the Government intend to do about it?
On a point of order. The hon. and learned Gentleman has said that he has no idea of what I meant. May I make it clear that I was referring to Scottish trade with Canada?
Following is the answer:So far as I am aware, there are two Canadian companies with factories in Scotland. These are Massey Harris, Limited, manufacturers of agricultural tractors, implements and combine harvesters at Kilmarnock, and Wall Colmonoy (Canada) Limited, manufacturers of corrosion resisting and hard facing alloys at Carfin.The following Scottish companies have subsidiary or associate companies in Canada:—Messrs. Blackwood Morton and Sons, carpet and linoleum manufacturers of Kilmarnock; the Edinburgh Essence Company, manufacturers of flavouring extracts; the Astral Equipment Company and its associates, manufacturers of refrigerators; and Thomas Bonar and Company, an associate of the Low and Bonar group, the Dundee Jute Manufacturers.Information about the numbers employed in each concern is supplied in confidence and cannot he disclosed.