HC Deb 09 November 1966 vol 735 cc1294-5
19. Mr. David Steel

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what will be the cost of preparing the report on the development in the Western Borders to be submitted by the planning consultant.

Mr. Ross

About £55,000.

Mr. Steel

Does the Secretary of State agree that this planning survey will not be carried out on the same scale as the Falkirk-Grangemouth survey, in that it does not involve the Department of Social Science? In view of the concern, rightly or wrongly, now being expressed in the Western Borders, might it not be wise to have a more widespread survey?

Mr. Ross

The hon. Gentleman should appreciate that this is not the only thing being done in this area. We now have the interim report and the full report will, we hope, be available by September 1967. We have been anxious to get as much information as possible on this issue. We desired to get the interim report stage over so that we can study the implications of the full report in due course. However, I accept that we will always get objections.