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ADVISORY COMMITTEE IN RESPECT OF s. 2(2)(b) SCHEMES

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 Mr James Dempsey Mr James Dempsey , Coatbridge and Airdrie 12:00 am, 21st October 1975

I apologise, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The hon. Member tempted me by quoting examples of nationalised industries.

Surely the SDA should be able to use money to take over works that were still potentially competitive, so that it could modernise the buildings and put in decent roads, using that element of its resources allocated for environmental improvements. The SDA has every opportunity, given the support, to make this injection into areas like the one I represent and to ensure that the money would not only be spent wisely but would be properly accounted for. If the hon. Member for Cathcart thinks there is any possibility of dodging the column, he has forgotten about the Government Auditor. That gentleman will be in the background, supervising, and he will ensure, if no one else does, that the money that Parliament is voting under this legislation is prudently spent.