Minister of State (Visit to Scandinavia)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th November 1960.

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Photo of Mr Hector Hughes Mr Hector Hughes , Aberdeen North 12:00 am, 15th November 1960

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the visit of the Minister of State for Scotland to Scandinavia in September of this year, indicating what avenues for further trade between Scandinavia and Scotland were explored, and with what results.

Photo of Mr Richard Brooman-White Mr Richard Brooman-White , Rutherglen

My noble Friend spent nine days in Sweden discussing ways of increasing trade and tourism between our two countries. He was accompanied by a representative of the Scottish Council (Development and Industry) which is now following up some 40 inquiries directly resulting from the visit. He was also accompanied, for part of the time, by a representative of the Scottish Tourist Board, which is now giving consideration to some 15 suggestions for increasing the tourist trade. These are in addition to the many inquiries which could be dealt with on the spot.

Photo of Mr Hector Hughes Mr Hector Hughes , Aberdeen North

If these instances to which the Minister referred are genuine, will he send me a list of the firms so that firms in Aberdeen and the northeast of Scotland can make actual contact with the persons referred to in his Answer?

Photo of Mr Richard Brooman-White Mr Richard Brooman-White , Rutherglen

The Scottish Council is doing just that, and is notifying specific industries of inquiries in which it was thought they might have an interest.