Mr Dick Douglas: I did not want to interject, but I am interested in the audience that was listening to the hon. Gentleman. If I could use his good offices to obtain an invitation I should be willing to speak to those people.
Mr Dick Douglas: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will institute a survey of the social implications of the build up of population in the area covered by the Grangemouth-Falkirk Growth Plan.
Mr Dick Douglas: While welcoming that answer, may I ask whether it is not a fact that the Scottish Development Department has a complete lack of sociologists to undertake the survey which would be necessary to look at the implications of this plan for the area in 1980?
Mr Dick Douglas: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will examine the economic implications for those areas contiguous to the Grangemouth-Falkirk Growth Plan of the build up of manufacturing industry in the plan's area, with particular regard to those areas not adequately covered by Scottish Economic Planning machinery.
Mr Dick Douglas: While welcoming that answer, may I ask the hon. Gentleman to note that there is extreme concern in the area as people look upon the development of manufacturing industry in the Falkirk-Grangemouth area as being likely to place them in the position of a suburban backwater? Will he give attention to those parts of Scotland inadequately covered by the Scottish economic planning machinery?
Mr Dick Douglas: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there has been an extensive report made by the Select Committee on Scottish Affairs? When does he intend to place it before the House for debate?
Mr Dick Douglas: It is a pleasure to begin my maiden speech following the excellent and charming speech of the hon. Lady the Member for Plymouth, Devonport (Dame Joan Vickers). I hope in time to match her constructiveness and concern, but I shall not aspire to match her charm. My constituency in central Scotland cradled the first industrial revolution. It is a constituency which produces many commodities for...
Mr Dick Douglas: asked the Minister of Technology if he will publish details of the assistance given by the Industrial Reorganisation Corporation to firms in Scotland since its formation.
Mr Dick Douglas: Will the Minister admit that the evidence indicates that the Industrial Reorganisation Corporation has been a useful and beneficial device to restructure industry in Scotland? Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman allow the corporation to go on with its job rather than veto proposals put to him by it?
Mr Dick Douglas: asked the Minister of Technology if he will now make public the grounds on which he will judge mergers proposed to him by the Industrial Reorganisation Corporation.
Mr Dick Douglas: If the right hon. Gentleman will not give the views which he put to the I.R.C. during the discussions, may I ask whether he will make public the views of the I.R.C. to him?
Mr Dick Douglas: Would the hon. Gentleman say whether this would involve the possibility of the conversion of Longannet from coal to oil? We are not sure. Second, what about targets? If he proposes to allow the industry to carry on as it is, will he relieve it of its targets under Cmnd. 1337 and, I think, Cmnd. 3437—the targets laid down by the Government for return on net assets of the nationalised industries?
Mr Dick Douglas: The hon. Gentleman has made a projection of price increases. What steps has his Ministry in mind to ensure that that projection does not become a reality?
Mr Dick Douglas: Would not the hon. Gentleman accept that in this case not only does it depend on the local authority or the industry but it depends also on the Government centrally providing financial assistance to ensure that the local authority and/or industry takes the necessary measures?
Mr Dick Douglas: I welcome the opportunity to follow the eloquent speech of the Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health and Social Security, and I also welcome the opportunity of entering into the ancient practice of this House whereby we ensure that no Supply is granted without redress. I wish to speak on the specific Supplementary Estimate, Class IV.11.0, the National Marketing Council. I intend to...
Mr Dick Douglas: I accept your Ruling, Mr. Deputy Speaker, but one of the functions of this Council—and I quote from the objectives of the Promotional Committee—is to ensure that a greater awareness of the need for better marketing is spread among the business community, Government and the public at large in the most speedy, practical and effective way. If that is one thing that we are supporting, we...
Mr Dick Douglas: With respect, I am drawing to a conclusion. Whether or not there is an extension of the Common Market, we shall be involved in intense international competition, and therefore it is very important to get our industry to adopt market orientation. This type of organisation which we have been supporting in the past does not strike me as a fruitful organisation for continued support, and I hope...
Mr Dick Douglas: asked the Prime Minister if he intends making official visits to sporting events in Scotland in 1971.
Mr Dick Douglas: Will the Prime Minister consider placing on his itinerary some golfing lessons, as I understand that it is a very humbling game and might be useful to him, in view of the recent happenings at No. 10, in cementing good Commonwealth relations? Will he also consider placing on his itinerary a visit to Hampden Park with a view to persuading the powers which control that stadium to make better...
Mr Dick Douglas: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will have a survey undertaken of the present level of traffic using the Kincardine Road Bridge.