New Industries, Midlothian

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th July 1959.

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Photo of Mr Eustace Willis Mr Eustace Willis , Edinburgh East 12:00 am, 28th July 1959

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he has taken, since receiving the Scottish Council's Report of the Midlothian Working Party, to bring new industries to the Midlothian area.

Photo of Hon. John Maclay Hon. John Maclay , Renfrewshire West

I consulted my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade, who has the primary responsibility in this matter, about the Scottish Council's suggestions.

Photo of Mr Eustace Willis Mr Eustace Willis , Edinburgh East

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that that is quite unsatisfactory, that under his Government unemployment in the area has practically doubled, that the area has one of the largest commuting populations in Scotland and that new industries have not so far come there, in spite of the fine efforts made by the local authorities? As a final kick before leaving office, will not the right hon. Gentleman try to do something about it?

Photo of Hon. John Maclay Hon. John Maclay , Renfrewshire West

While I do not accept any of the implications made by the hon. Member, he knows that we have all been working on this problem as hard as we can. I am glad that he paid tribute to the efforts of the local authorities, with which is implicit the efforts that the Government have made to help them.