HC Deb 16 July 1964 vol 698 c1415
27. Miss Harvie Anderson

asked the Secretary of State for Industry, Trade and Regional Development how many applications for expansion or development in Scotland were received by the Board of Trade for the years ended 31st March, 1963, and 31st March, 1964.

Mr. Heath

146 applications for industrial development certificates for Scotland were received in the year ended 31st March, 1963, and 177 in the following year.

Miss Harvie Anderson

Is not this good evidence of the Government's successful policy? Is not this proof of the advance of Scottish industry under this Government?

Mr. Heath

I think that this is a most encouraging development and I do not know why hon. Members opposite should be so dubious about it. It has meant an increase in jobs under I.D.C.s from 9,200 in the year ending March, 1963, to 14,200 in the following year. This is extremely encouraging.

Mr. Hector Hughes

How many of these applications for industrial development were for north-east Scotland, particularly Aberdeen, and how were they dealt with? Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the north-east of Scotland, particularly Aberdeen, has been shockingly neglected both by his predecessor and himself in this respect?

Mr. Heath

If the hon. and learned Member will put down a Question, I will try to give him specific information about Aberdeen, but I cannot agree that it has been neglected.

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