Industrial Development

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th April 1965.

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The Earl of Dalkeith:

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland which local authorities, sited outwith development districts, have officially approached him on the subject of industrial development since he assumed responsibility for regional planning throughout Scotland.

Photo of Mr Eustace Willis Mr Eustace Willis , Edinburgh East

Since my right hon. Friend assumed responsibility for regional economic planning in Scotland, he has received representations from seven Scottish local authorities outside development districts on the general question of the industrial development of their areas.

The Earl of Dalkeith:

As the previous Administration made considerable progress with regenerating the central industrial belt, does not the Minister of State think that the time has now come to consider expanding the designation of both districts to include many other parts of Scotland, including the Border, which by their further development would help the Scottish economy, and, perhaps, help with some of the further away problems in places like Glasgow? Can he not look at this matter very seriously now?

Photo of Mr Eustace Willis Mr Eustace Willis , Edinburgh East

The present activities of the Scottish Economic Planning Council are designed for this purpose.