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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 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton Lord James Douglas-Hamilton , Edinburgh West 12:00 am, 21st October 1975

I enjoyed the speech by the hon. Member for Coatbridge and Airdrie (Mr. Dempsey) and the optimism with which he delivered it. He must appreciate, however, that there is an advantage to be gained from having safeguards in certain circumstances. The setting up of an advisory committee under new Clause 5 would, for example, assist in considering the viability of schemes.

I think that the right hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Grimond) asked who would constitute the advisory committee. Surely the SDA would benefit greatly from the expertise of the Scottish Council (Development and Industry). It has put the case for development in Scotland with great persistence and ability. Even if the Minister felt that the clause is inappropriate, he could still draw from the expertise of the Council, and if he can think of a better way of using its services we should be very glad to listen to what he has to say.