Orders of the Day — Scottish Development Agency Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:19 am on 21st October 1987.

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Photo of Alex Salmond Alex Salmond Deputy Leader, Scottish National Party 2:19 am, 21st October 1987

We could argue that however bad were the cuts of 40 per cent. on industrial funding in the last two years after the withdrawal of regional employment premium by the Labour Government in 1976—the cuts might have been even greater if the Labour Government had not been responding to Nationalist pressure. If the hon. Gentleman wants me to concede that, however bad the Government of the mid-1970s were, they did not approach the sort of policies that are now imposed on Scotland, I am perfectly prepared to accept that point.