HC Deb 05 July 1971 vol 820 c912
19. Mr. Eadie

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if Her Majesty's Government has reached a decision on future special development area status for new towns in Scotland that are at present excluded.

Mr. Anthony Grant

No, Sir. But the Government hope to be in a position to announce a decision shortly.

Mr. Eadie

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there is great concern in, for example, the new town of Livingstone at the Government's delay in announcing a decision? Is he aware that a favourable decision would mean a considerable boost to morale in Livingstone?

Mr. Grant

I appreciate that very much. The hon. Gentleman has repeatedly urged it upon me. We have to weigh the consequences of a further extension of S.D.A. status. We can justify it only if these towns can make a substantial contribution to solving the problems of the new S.D.As. We have completed our discussions with the Development Corporation. The Government are considering the matter and I hope that we shall be able to make an announcement fairly soon.