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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th May 1987.

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Photo of Malcolm Rifkind Malcolm Rifkind Secretary of State for Scottish Office 12:00 am, 13th May 1987

The hon. Gentleman has been misinformed. Discussions are continuing, and we have made it clear that the prospect of financial help for anyone interested in taking over that particular plant remains available for discussion. The Scottish Office has withdrawn no offers of help from anyone in connection with this particular plant. The hon. Gentleman, who represents Irvine, knows perfectly well that the prospects for Irvine took a tremendous turn for the better with the decision by the Finnish pulp mill to locate in Irvine. The hon. Gentleman is aware that the Labour party's policy on nuclear power would doom any prospect of that pulp mill coming to his constituency.