Ayrshire Growth Deal

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17 January 2017.

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Photo of Patricia Gibson Patricia Gibson Scottish National Party, North Ayrshire and Arran 12:00, 17 January 2017

What discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues on the Ayrshire Growth Deal.

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

We have regular discussions with Cabinet colleagues on how the Government can boost growth and productivity across Scotland and the UK. The Government are discussing city deals for Edinburgh and Stirling, and we are looking forward to receiving proposals from the Tay cities. The Government are focused on taking those deals forward as we look to agree city deals for all of Scotland’s great cities.

Photo of Patricia Gibson Patricia Gibson Scottish National Party, North Ayrshire and Arran

Would the Chief Secretary to the Treasury agree that the Ayrshire growth deal would generate investment and create the economic conditions to achieve a step change throughout Ayrshire, an area of huge potential? Will he commit today to working actively and constructively with the four Ayrshire MPs, the three Ayrshire local authorities and the Scottish Government to support the deal, to the benefit of the whole county of Ayrshire?

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Up to this point, growth deals have been city growth deals and, by definition, have focused on cities. As I said earlier, we have made a lot of progress on all the Scottish cities. Of course, it is open to the Scottish Government to take forward projects to enable growth in the county of Ayrshire, if they wish to do so.