The development scheme of the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board has, as the Hon. Member is aware, been approved by the Electricity Commissioners and confirmed by me. I understand that the Board's first constructional scheme, if approved by the Electricity Commissioners will be submitted to me for confirmation at an early date. Information will then be published as to the site of the projects covered by the scheme; and the scheme itself will be available for inspection at the Board's offices and at other convenient places and will be placed on sale.
Mr. J. J. Davidson:
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether contracts on work connected with the Scottish Hydro-Electric Power Scheme are being issued in the near future; and whether he has taken any specific steps to ensure that Scottish firms have an opportunity of tendering for such contracts.
The placing of contracts by the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board for constructional work will arise when their first constructional scheme—which I understand is likely to be submitted to me at an early date—has been confirmed. I am assured that the Board intend, so far as tendering may be possible, to give Scottish firms an opportunity to tender for such contracts.