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

I believe that there is another company that is close to the heart of the hon. and learned Gentleman—Guinness.

The Minister should consider mergers, takeovers and general company distribution within Britain. In those areas of the economy where there is a specific Scottish interest the SDA should have a more enhanced role than it pesently enjoys.

Although the Bill is welcome, we must not lose sight of the fact that it does not address itself to the more political considerations. In due course I hope that the Scottish Office will turn its attention to those considerations because it would find broad support from all sides of the House and, more important, across political opinion in Scotland.