§ 1. Sir R. Boothby
asked the President of the Board of Trade what amendments in the light of experience he proposes to make to the Buckie-Peterhead Scheme.
§ The President of the Board of Trade (Mr. Peter Thorneycroft)
The scheme is one for building small factories, and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland and I see no reason to amend it.
§ Sir R. Boothby
Does my right hon. Friend realise that under this Scheme no loans have been made to industrial companies, as a result of which it has been a complete wash-out since it started? Will he consider the possibility of turning this area into a Development Area in view of the fact that nothing has been achieved up to date?
§ Mr. Thorneycroft
As my hon. Friend is aware, consideration was given, under this and previous Governments, to whether this type of area was suitable for scheduling as a Development Area. The decision was that it was not, and I see no reason to change that decision.