§ 3. Mr. Douglas
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on his recent visit to the sites for the construction of production platforms on the Moray Firth.
§ The Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. Gordon Campbell)
I visited the site of Brown & Root/Wimpey Highland Fabricators Ltd at Nigg on the Cromarty Firth on 6th April. I was very impressed with the progress the company is making both in the construction of the yard and in the training of local labour.
§ Mr. Douglas
Will the right hon. Gentleman concede that we are grateful for the employment opportunities which will come into being in the North-East? However, will he visit the South-East and look at the possibility of detracting from employment opportunities regionally arising from the proposed oil terminal at Maplin?
§ Mr. Campbell
I take it that the hon. Gentleman is referring to the South-East of England rather than to the South-East of Scotland. I do not think that developments taking place in the Foulness area need in any way conflict with what we are proposing in Scotland.