§ Mr. Bence
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is grave concern in Scotland because the increasing prosperity and production, banner headlined in the national Press, are not being shared there? Is he further aware that the raising of the Bank Rate as applied to the need to expand capital investment is a serious setback for Scotland?
§ Mr. Heath
In the first three and a half years of the Local Employment Act, 1960, £21 million was offered to manufacturers on consumer durables to establish new projects in Scotland. A further £11 million was offered for expansion by manufacturers of consumer durables already there. A great deal has been offered to manufacturers, both those already there and those who might go there, and these inducements are the best in any Western industrialised country.
§ Mr. Bence
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in the last month two well-known industrial establishments in Scotland have contracted their production? One has done so completely—the firm is folding up. The other is limiting its production and taking it back to the parent company in Italy. Will the right hon. Gentleman try to do something, particularly with the Canadian Govern- 1560 ment, who seem to adopt serious restrictive measures on the import of many Scottish products?
§ Mr. Heath
We are bound to get this from time to time in the pressures of industrial change and decisions which may have to be made on the basis of commercial judgment. On the other hand, I think the hon. Gentleman knows that we have had some cases in Scotland where a firm has had to close, but a replacement has arrived in a very short time indeed because of the attractions offered by the estates in Scotland.
On the question of trade with Canada, as the House knows, I recently had conversations with the Canadian Minister of Commerce, and we are very glad to see that action has already resulted from that.
§ Mr. P. Williams
With regard to Board of Trade factories, whether in Scotland, in the North-East, or elsewhere——
§ Mr. Williams
I shall confine my self to asking about Scotland. Will my right hon. Friend consider approaching the Treasury so that he may adopt a more positive policy in selling Board of Trade factories to occupants and using the cash income for financing further advance factories?