Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 25th May 2004.

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Photo of Jim Sheridan Jim Sheridan Labour, West Renfrewshire 11:30 am, 25th May 2004

I thank my right hon. Friend for that response. Does he agree with me, and with the Scottish trade union movement, that if Scottish manufacturing is to stay ahead of the field we need further investment in not only research and development but employee training? Will he use his good offices to ensure that the private sector companies that come to Scotland are encouraged to use all the excellent teaching facilities that we have in Scotland?