HC Deb 22 November 1972 vol 846 cc1285-6
27. Dr. Dickson Mabon

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he plans to pay an official visit to the burgh of Millport.

Mr. Gordon Campbell

I have no plans at present to do so.

Dr. Mabon

If the right hon. Gentleman visits Millport the people there will tell him that the objections they had on amenity grounds when Hunterston was first developed have proved not to have been justified. They recognise that developments at Hunterston are vital for towns whose economies are based upon holidaymakers because those towns are dependent upon the well-being of industrial workers in Scotland. If and when the right hon. Gentleman comes to Millport the people there will be as anxious as those in any other part of Scotland to see not only general port facilities and steel developments at Hunterston but also, what is obvious, further oil refinery development in that part of the world.

Mr. Campbell

In that case they will have welcomed the planning decision which I announced nearly two years ago after the inquiry which kept nearly all the options open for industrial development at Hunterston. I have two individual applications before me now and therefore I cannot go into details.