Scottish Economy

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th June 1966.

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Photo of Mr Ian MacArthur Mr Ian MacArthur , Perth and East Perthshire 12:00 am, 15th June 1966

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will publish a revised version of Command Paper No. 2864, the Scottish Economy, 1965–70, in view of the failure to fulfil the housing and schoolbuilding programmes, and the effect of the Selective Employment Tax on the service industries.

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

No, Sir. I do not accept the implications in the Question.

Photo of Mr Ian MacArthur Mr Ian MacArthur , Perth and East Perthshire

Will not the right hon. Gentleman even now speak up for Scotland and help the service industries, which figure so largely in the White Paper? Will not he help the vital tourist industry, which he now proposes to tax? Does not he recall that the tourist industry depends largely on part-time workers, who will be taxed at full-time rates?

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

I can appreciate the hon. Member's prepared and ready gloom about prospects in Scotland, but I do not share it.