Highlands (Industrial Plant and Factories)

Part of 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 David Robertson Mr David Robertson , Caithness and Sutherland 12:00 am, 29th January 1959

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?