Orders of the Day — Scottish Development Agency Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:15 pm on 21st October 1987.

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Photo of Mr Ian Lang Mr Ian Lang , Galloway and Upper Nithsdale 1:15 pm, 21st October 1987

I am sure that the hon. Gentleman is aware that the agency spends resources on the basis of its perception of the areas that most require its assistance and on what sections would most repay investment, for example, and not on a constituency assessment of need. The agency must have the freedom to make these assessments itself. The Bill will enable it to have the resources with which to pursue such a programme over the next five years.