Orders of the Day — Scottish Development Agency Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:40 am on 21st October 1987.

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Photo of Charles Kennedy Charles Kennedy , Ross and Cromarty and Skye 12:40 am, 21st October 1987

Yes, it extends both to the Devonport Druze and the Selkirk shi'ites. That comment is perfectly parliamentary as a reading of the middle east situation at the present time will show.

I should like to underscore the importance of the rural infrastructure — [Interruption.] My hon. Friend the Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Wallace) has just suggested the Caithness Contras.

I hope that the Minister will give attention to the importance of rural infrastructure when considering either the existing remit and budget of the SDA or some extended remit that is based upon that important sector.

A political point that is the cause of great concern to a great many people north of the border is the increasing drift towards the south-east in terms of the operational control of headquarters——