Should not the Secretary of State start thinking about it? We have a desperately high level of unemployment and although, according to the right hon. Gentleman, we are in an era of high productivity, we shall have a great unemployment problem for some years to come. Does he view with equanimity the disappearance of the labour subsidy, except in special development areas, after 1974? Does he not realise that this is the one form of regional development assistance which benefits existing as well as incoming firms? Will not the Secretary of State give a satisfactory answer and show that he is conscious of the problem of attracting and maintaining jobs?
I am aware that this measure has not in practice acted as an incentive in the way in which it was originally thought it would. The terminal date is still more than two-and-a-half years away and we shall naturally be considering the situation nearer the time. The Green Paper introduced by the Labour Government proposed a period of five years only. That period was increased to seven years when the scheme was brought into effect and September, 1974, will be the end of the seven years. We have undertaken to keep it until that date, as we said we would before the General Election.
When my right hon. Friend is studying possible incentives to employment in Scotland, will he please consider the serious proposal put forward by my hon. Friends and myself that the sugar beet industry in Scotland should be retained until 1974 when its future within the E.E.C. can be properly assessed?
I am very much aware of what my hon. Friends have been saying on this, but the Government took into account the question of entry to the E.E.C. in their consideration of the future of the sugar beet industry in Scotland.