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North-East Scotland

Oral Answers to Questions — Board of Trade – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th March 1968.

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Photo of Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith , North Angus and Mearns 12:00 am, 13th March 1968

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will set up a Departmental inquiry to examine industry in North-East Scotland, with a view to developing food processing and timber-using industries.

Photo of Mr George Darling Mr George Darling , Sheffield, Hillsborough

A study of North-East Scotland is already being undertaken by Professor Gaskin of Aberdeen University for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland. I understand that this will include an investigation into the kinds of industry which might prosper in the area, including food processing and timber-using industries. As I said in answer to Question No. 1, the whole range of incentives will be available.

Photo of Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith , North Angus and Mearns

What help is the right hon. Gentleman's Department giving to this survey? It is the first time such a thing has been done. I hope that he is able to do something to help carry it forward quickly.

Photo of Mr George Darling Mr George Darling , Sheffield, Hillsborough

We shall give all the help that Professor Gaskin thinks he may need from the Board of Trade. We have a lot of information which may be of help to him.

Photo of Mr Bill Baker Mr Bill Baker , Banffshire

Will the right hon. Gentleman assure the House that he will be in touch with his right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence with a view to diverting, as far as possible, small boat projects to shipbuilding firms in that area?

Photo of Mr George Darling Mr George Darling , Sheffield, Hillsborough

I shall see that those views are conveyed to my right hon. Friend. If there are other views which hon. Members wish to express, I shall see that they are passed on, too.