Canadian Trade Mission

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st January 1958.

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Photo of Mr Malcolm Macpherson Mr Malcolm Macpherson , Stirling and Falkirk Burghs 12:00 am, 21st January 1958

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what results he anticipates for Scottish industry from the recent visit of Canadian industrialists.

Photo of Mr Niall Macpherson Mr Niall Macpherson , Dumfriesshire

My right hon. Friend has reason to hope that the contacts made by the Canadian mission will result in substantial increases in exports from Scotland as from other parts of the United Kingdom. The mission's purpose, however, was not to place orders; it was a fact-finding mission whose objects were to obtain a firsthand knowledge of the achievements of British industry and to make recommendations with a view to expanding trade between Canada and this country. May I add that the mission was exceedingly welcome in Scotland and that I believe its members formed a favourable impression of Scottish industry.

Photo of Mr Malcolm Macpherson Mr Malcolm Macpherson , Stirling and Falkirk Burghs

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the fact that its members did form such an impression seems to me to be a point which he should bear in mind? Will he make sure that there is some follow-through and that some attention is paid to the business about which there has been so much complaint for years, namely, our selling organisation and selling methods in Canada? Will he try to make sure that our industry cashes in on a favourable impression?

Photo of Mr Niall Macpherson Mr Niall Macpherson , Dumfriesshire

I will convey what the hon. Gentleman has said to my right hon. Friend.