§ 21. Mr. W. Baxter
asked the Secretary of State for Industry, Trade and Regional Development what actior he proposes to take to bring industry to the Bannockburn, Plean, Cowie and Fallin areas of West Stirlingshire.
§ Mr. Baxter
I thank the Minister for the Answer. May I point out that these areas are not under the ambit of the Local Employment Act notwithstanding the fact that there is no industry whatever in the four villages mentioned in my Question? Is he aware that they have been rebuilt at considerable cost by the county council to meet the requirement of the coal mining industry but that, unfortunately for them and for the Stirling County Council, the coal 1331 mining industry has ceased to exist? Would the Minister seriously consider putting these areas under the ambit of the Local Employment Act so that they may get an advantage, if there is an advantage, in the future?
§ Mr. Heath
Again, the unemployment rate is lower than the rates in development districts. It is 3.1 per cent. I have said that I will consider sympathetically the provision of I.D.C.s for firms which want to go into the area. But I cannot give an undertaking to include it in a development district.
§ Sir J. Duncan
Will my right hon. Friend reconsider his Answer, in view of the fact that Scotland should be treated as a whole and an I.D.C. issued to any firm which wishes to go to any part of the country?