§ 34. Mr. Hector Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the results of his visit to the City of Aberdeen on and about 16th May, with particular reference to the fishing industry, the need for more light industries and the unemployment problems.
§ Mr. Maclay
My visit gave me a welcome opportunity to see at first hand various activities connected with the Aberdeen fishing industry, including the valuable research work going on at the Marine Laboratory and the Torry Reseach Station. As to the attraction of light industries to the area, and its unemployment problems generally, I am keeping in close touch with my right hon. Friends the President of the Board of Trade and the Minister of Labour and National Service.
§ Mr. Hughes
Is the Secretary of State aware that I shall have to strike a somewhat more critical note in this supplementary Question, as it does not affect the monster? Is it a fact that he has spent only a couple of hours in Aberdeen and is not it a pity that he should go so far to see so little and do so little? Will he pay more attention to the needs and the problems of Aberdeen, and will he arrange for the monster's claw to be put in the Library of this House?
§ Mr. Maclay
I spent a very valuable and interesting day, arriving there about 11 o'clock, as my train was late, and leaving about 6 o'clock in the evening, having seen a lot.