Glasgow (Regeneration)

Question Time — Scottish Executive – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:30 pm on 7th February 2002.

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Photo of Kenneth Gibson Kenneth Gibson Scottish National Party 2:30 pm, 7th February 2002

To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to regenerate Glasgow. (S1O-4591)

Photo of Margaret Curran Margaret Curran Labour

The Scottish Executive is involved in a wide range of initiatives that are aimed at regenerating Glasgow. We have targeted regeneration initiatives, such as social inclusion partnerships, that run in tandem with mainstream activities in health, education, transport, employment and housing, all of which are aimed at improving the quality of life of the people of Glasgow and at regenerating the city.

Photo of Kenneth Gibson Kenneth Gibson Scottish National Party

Is the minister aware that the December edition of "Glasgow Economic Monitor" predicts only 2 per cent job growth in the city in the coming five years, compared with 7.5 per cent over the past five years? Does the minister accept that one way of expediting the regeneration of Glasgow is to speed up construction of the M74 northern extension, which would secure 55,000 jobs? We should also ensure that that construction is linked to simultaneous derelict and vacant-land reclamation next to the road, which would provide the industrial sites that the city so desperately needs.

Photo of Murray Tosh Murray Tosh Conservative

We need a question, Mr Gibson, not a speech.

Photo of Kenneth Gibson Kenneth Gibson Scottish National Party

Will the minister explain why Glasgow, unlike Lanarkshire, has never had an enterprise zone? Will one be constructed next to the M74 northern extension?

Photo of Margaret Curran Margaret Curran Labour

There was a great deal in that question and I would be happy to go into great depth on the range of initiatives that we are taking to help the city of Glasgow, although that would take up a considerable amount of the Parliament's time. I will concentrate on one aspect of Kenny Gibson's question—construction—because that is all that I am likely to be permitted to do. The one policy to which I draw his attention is the housing stock transfer, which will greatly regenerate the city and increase construction opportunities. I look forward to Mr Gibson supporting that policy.

Photo of Paul Martin Paul Martin Labour

Will the minister condemn the visit to Easterhouse in Glasgow by Iain Duncan Smith, who sought to undermine the efforts of local elected members to regenerate Glasgow? Given—

Photo of Murray Tosh Murray Tosh Conservative

Order. That is not an area that falls within the minister's responsibility. The minister can hardly comment on what the leader of the Conservative party in another Parliament has done.

Photo of Paul Martin Paul Martin Labour

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. You have not given me the opportunity to complete the question.

Photo of Murray Tosh Murray Tosh Conservative

Mr Martin, if you complete the question in a way that shows that you are dealing with a matter for which the minister has responsibility, I will listen to it.