HC Deb 29 June 1972 vol 839 cc1664-5
Q6. Mr. Douglas

asked the Prime Minister when he next intends to meet the Scottish Council (Development and Industry).

The Prime Minister

I have no plans at present for a further meeting with the Scottish Council.

Mr. Douglas

That is an unfortunate reply. Will the Prime Minister concede that he should immediately get in touch with the Scottish Council (Development and Industry) and give Sir William McEwan Younger an assurance that he will review the provisions of the Continental Shelf Act, 1964, and give urgent consideration to ensure that the Scottish steel industry continues to have a capacity to make crude steel

The Prime Minister

The Scottish Council has not asked for a further meeting. On the first part of the Supplementary question, I would point out that these matters were considered by both Governments at the relevant time. On the second part of the question, I have had a letter in the last 48 hours or so from the chairman of the Scottish Council saying that he has now had a full discussion with the deputy chairman of the British Steel Corporation and gone over the whole ground with him, and thanking me for the efforts I made following our discussion in Edinburgh.