Special Development Areas

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th February 1972.

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Photo of Mr Thomas McMillan Mr Thomas McMillan , Glasgow Central 12:00 am, 7th February 1972

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in the West of Scotland we are fighting a desperate, losing battle to maintain the established industry and manpower and that if the operational grant were given to those established firms which wanted to extend a little good could be done in that direction? Incoming industries which compete with the established industries get an advantage over them which is quite unfair. The West of Scotland is fast becoming an industrial desert as a result of the inactivity of the present Government.