asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will consider issuing a circular to all Scottish local authorities, similar to the one issued by the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs on the compensation payable to tenants for disturbance of business under the redevelopment schemes.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, as a result of the vast scale of development being undertaken in the area which I have the honour to represent, business people are having to leave, and some of them cannot even find employment? Will he do his very utmost to ensure that these people receive a fair deal under the compensation arrangements?
While the use of these powers in any particular case is a matter within the discretion of the local authority, I share the hon. Lady's view that local authorities should make use of the statutory powers wherever appropriate.