is my hon. Friend aware that with the expected pit closures in this area there will be a serious problem in finding alternative employment for some of these miners in particular age groups, especially as there is very little alternative industry there?
I am aware of the position, but I am sure my hon. Friend will be pleased to know that all but 19 of the men involved in this closure have been found employment. Unfortunately, these 19 are over 62, and it may be difficult to find alternative employment for them.
The hon. Gentleman knows that Scotland, excluding Edinburgh, is a development area, and that all the facilities in the way of separate payments which will start in September, investment grants, building grants, and so on, are available to the whole of the territory.