HC Deb 14 April 1965 vol 710 cc1379-80
8. Mr. William Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has now completed his inquiries into the Cadco project in Glenrothes; and whether he will make a statement.

Dr. Dickson Mabon

No. Sir. I discussed questions related to the Cadco project with Glenrothes Development Corporation on 19th December, 5th January and 29th January, and also with representatives of the corporation on 27th February and 26th March. I have still to have a final meeting with the corporation and hope to arrange this soon.

Mr. Hamilton

Does not my hon. Friend agree that these are very protracted inquiries? Can he state precisely the reasons why they are so long-drawn-out? Can he indicate when he expects to report to the House, or to me, which is more important from my point of view? Can he say whether he has yet found a tenant for the assets now long idle?

Dr. Mabon

My hon. Friend has asked a number of questions. I agree that these are somewhat lengthy and protracted "reviews", as the phrase is. The fact is that the more one goes into this matter the more complex it becomes. As my hon. Friend knows, there are other proceedings taking place parallel to the matter being pursued by myself on behalf of my right hon. Friend. I cannot give him a catalogue of all the reasons for the delay. That will become apparent when my right hon. Friend decides to make a statement later on, when I have managed to submit a report to him and he has had an opportunity to inquire into the matter further himself. I am not in a position to say anything more about the development corporation's efforts to attract a tenant either to the complex of buildings or to the piggeries alone.