HC Deb 22 July 1964 vol 699 cc458-9
7. Mr. Wolrige-Gordon

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland in what areas of Scotland official regional studies are taking place.

Mr. G. Campbell

In the Highlands and Islands, the Borders, the South-West, and the North-East of Scotland.

Mr. Wolrige-Gordon

Is my hon. Friend aware that this Question was tabled long before yesterday's debate? Will he ensure that these studies are completed as quickly as possible?

Mr. Campbell

My hon. Friend heard my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State speaking on this matter yesterday. He said that these studies were being pressed ahead vigorously but that a study of this kind cannot be precisely timed. There is no reason for any departure from the rough estimate which my right hon. Friend gave to my hon. Friend on 2nd December last.

Mr. Lawson

Who does the survey, how many are there and what are the qualifications of the people who are carrying out these studies?

Mr. Campbell

I could not give such a detailed answer without notice, but it is the Scottish Development Group, which represents all the Government Departments most closely concerned, which is working with all the local authorities concerned, which have all been written to in these areas and asked for their cooperation. The Development Group is also asking for advice and suggestions from other bodies which might be able to assist.