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Part of Orders of the Day — SCOTTISH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (No. 2) BILL [Lords] – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st October 1975.

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Photo of Dr Maurice Miller Dr Maurice Miller , East Kilbride 12:00 am, 21st October 1975

To say I am astonished by these new clauses and the amendment would be putting it mildly. The hon. Member for Glasgow, Cathcart (Mr. Taylor) should be seized of the necessity to get things moving. The part of the Bill which sets out the proposed functions of the Agency should commend itself to hon. Members opposite. I am astonished that the hon. Member should think of putting a millstone around the Agency's neck even before it gets going. The procrastination involved in his proposals is too terrifying to be contemplated with equanimity.

It is obvious that the Opposition are not keen on this Agency. They are terrified in case there might be some success in what we are setting out to do. The Minister who is to reply may feel he should allow a degree of latitude to the hon. Member for Glasgow, Cathcart. I counsel him with every fibre at my disposal to throw out the proposals and not pay them the slighest attention.