HC Deb 17 July 1963 vol 681 cc503-4
12. Mr. W. Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is satisfied that the provision of roads, houses, and education services is sufficient to facilitate and speed up the growth of the motor car industry at Linwood; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Leburn

Further progress is desirable in all the fields mentioned by the hon. Member, but meanwhile there is no question of delay to industrial production.

Mr. Hamilton

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that that Answer is not at all satisfactory? If further progress is desired, why do the Government not get on with the job? Is he aware that almost all hon. Members who recently visited this establishment received the impression that difficulties were being created and concern was caused to owners in this highly desirable development? Why do not the Government get on with the job and help to provide the jobs which are so badly needed in Scotland?

Mr. Leburn

The job is being got on with. I think the firms realise the magnitude of the problems faced by the local services and local authorities in this matter. I hope the hon. Member for Fife, West (Mr. W. Hamilton) and other hon. Members will appreciate the tremendous volume of work which is here involved.

Mr. Ross

Surely the hon. Gentleman appreciates that there have been four years of "Tory drive" behind this unsatisfactory result? What excuse has he to offer? What chance is there of getting these developments if this is the way the Government proceed with these necessary services?

Mr. Leburn

Most of these services are being met, but I agree that at present there is a waiting list for a certain number of houses.