asked the President of the Board of Trade how many new industrial plants or factories have been opened since March, 1957, in the Highland area; where they are located; and what was the total number of persons employed in them at 12th January.
Am I right in suggesting to the President of the Board of Trade that these figures cannot encourage him, any more than they encourage me? Does my right hon. Friend know that serious unemployment prevails in the Highlands, including the Wick area, which is running at a rate of 20 per cent.? Does my right hon. Friend recall rejecting a North of Scotland Development Bill two years ago, which was designed to meet this very situation?
I know the difficulties in the Highlands and it is not easy to get firms to start there. My personal opinion is that the encouragement of the tourist industry is probably the best way to help this region.