HC Deb 08 July 1970 vol 803 cc662-3
28. Mr. McElhone

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what changes he proposes in the existing redevelopment policies as far as Scotland is concerned.

Mr. Younger

My right hon. Friend will consider what changes are necessary in the light of his examination of urban development plans.

Mr. McElhone

Is the Minister aware that the decision, as stated in the Conservative election manifesto, to abolish the regional employment premium will cause a great deal of harm to the Scottish economy? Is he also aware that Lord Clydesmuir, President of the Council, stated in May, 1970, that the Scottish economy had never been stronger, and that we in Scotland are very concerned that we should get a clear statement from the party opposite concerning regional development policy?

Mr. Younger

The hon. Member will, no doubt, be aware that the question of the regional employment premium is a matter for my right hon. Friend. I presume that it has not escaped the hon. Member's attention that the combined effect of R.E.P. and S.E.T. results in a net drain from Scotland every year of over £18 million.