HC Deb 01 February 1955 vol 536 c876
7. Mr. Bence

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what land scheduled for industrial development remains undeveloped, and where are the sites in the County of Dunbartonshire.

Commander Galbraith

In the County of Dunbartonshire, including the large burghs, about 536 acres are reserved, or are to be reserved, for new industrial development in the development plans of the local authorities concerned. Of this total, about 429 acres are available for early development. Sites are available in or near all the main centres of population in the county. I am sending particulars to the hon. Member.

Mr. Bence

Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman bear in mind the fact that in the Twechar-Croy-Condorrat-Kirkintilloch triangle many coalmines are working out and that in a few years time they will be exhausted, as a consequence of which a serious situation will arise in this part of the country unless some industry is very quickly induced to go to the area?

Mr. McInnes

Can the Minister say how many schemes of industrial development proposed by local authorities have been turned down by the Scottish Office?

Commander Galbraith

That is a question of which I should require notice.

Mr. John MacLeod

Will my right hon. and gallant Friend bear in mind that there is a large area in the Highlands of Scotland which was scheduled as a Development Area and where no development has taken place?