Orders of the Day — Scottish Development Agency Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:20 am on 21st October 1987.

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Photo of Mr Hector Monro Mr Hector Monro , Dumfries 12:20 am, 21st October 1987

I was disappointed by the rather grudging speech from the hon. Member for Glasgow, Garscadden (Mr. Dewar) when the Government are putting forward a great programme of increased borrowing powers for the Scottish Development Agency of £500 million. I would have thought that that would receive warm approval from both sides of the House and particularly from Opposition Members. It is nice to see so many Opposition Members coming back to try to redeem their soiled reputations after they were taken to the cleaners in the debate in July.

It is good to consider that the debate is taking place in the context of a continuing fall in the level of unemployment in Scotland. The SDA has played a part in that welcome news.