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Applications from foreign firms for Government-financed factories to be provided under the Distribution of Industry Acts are considered on their merits. The tests are whether a firm would contribute to employment in the area and to the strength of the local and national economy.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the paper industry in Fife is deeply concerned about rumours that the Government have granted a Dutch paper manufacturing firm £40,000, and that this is a firm which has competed with the Fife industry? Also, is he aware that, coupled with the closure of textile factories in Fife already, this is causing tremendous concern among those employed in those industries?
Does my right hon. Friend agree that the establishment of foreign firms in this country has in many cases, and particularly in Scotland, brought great benefit not only in dollars but also in employment?