St. Enoch's, Glasgow

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19 April 1978.

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Photo of Peter Viggers Peter Viggers , Gosport 12:00, 19 April 1978

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will pay an official visit to the St. Enoch's area of Glasgow.

Photo of Mr Gregor Mackenzie Mr Gregor Mackenzie , Rutherglen

My right hon. Friend has no immediate plans to visit the St. Enoch Station area.

Photo of Peter Viggers Peter Viggers , Gosport

As and when the Secretary of State visits the St. Enoch's area, will he explain to the people there that the move of a computer-based package covering the pay and records of the Armed Forces will not take place, and that he knows that it will not, because it will cost £200 million, it will destroy the efficient record keeping of the Armed Fores, and the concentration of all this in one area will pose a grave threat to national security?

Photo of Mr Gregor Mackenzie Mr Gregor Mackenzie , Rutherglen

I do not know anything of what the hon. Gentleman has said. The Government have yet to make up the package for dispersal to St. Enoch's Station area. It is still a matter for the Secretary of State for Defence. We on the Government side of the House have been long committed to dispersal to Glasgow and to the West of Scotland. We have repeated that pledge time and again, and I repeat it once again this afternoon.