Light Engineering Industry

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th January 1959.

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Photo of Mr Charles Hale Mr Charles Hale , Oldham West 12:00 am, 29th January 1959

asked the President of the Board of Trade to what extent the services of his Department are available for advice and assistance to the light engineering industry; and whether, in view of increasing difficulties in some sections of the industry, he will make a statement on their work.

Photo of Mr David Eccles Mr David Eccles , Chippenham

Any firm is welcome to discuss its problems with either my regional or headquarters staff. In the last year or two inquiries have steadily increased, especially in relation to exports.

Photo of Mr Charles Hale Mr Charles Hale , Oldham West

I am much obliged, and I will see that that information is conveyed, but I wish the right hon. Gentleman would take every opportunity of making this clear. I myself am not even sure that the Board of Trade was responsible for light engineering, to be quite frank about it, and the Ministry of Supply is of very little help. Many firms formerly engaged in ancillary work, highly skilled tool-making work on aeroplanes and so on, are having a very bad time in Oldham. Any assistance the right hon. Gentleman can give will be welcome.

Photo of Mr David Eccles Mr David Eccles , Chippenham

I think it is widely known that the Board of Trade's services are available. I am glad the hon. Gentleman has raised the matter.