HC Deb 04 July 1984 vol 63 c329 4.32 pm
Mr. Gordon Wilson (Dundee, East)


Mr. Speaker

Order. If the hon. Gentleman is seeking to ask leave to move the Adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 10, I think that the House will feel that, in view of our exchanges on the private notice question on which he was called and, since, as the Minister said, no decision has been taken, it would not be appropriate to raise the issue under the Standing Order No. 10 procedure. Indeed, it would be an abuse of that procedure.

Mr. Wilson

Normally, I would accept your advice, Mr. Speaker, but because of the statements made by the Minister with responsibility for local government in Scotland, I wish to raise this matter under Standing Order No. 10. The fact that there has been a question and answer session on the subject allows me to be brief. Your granting the private notice question suggests that the matter is urgent, specific and important.

With great respect, Mr. Speaker, I wish to draw your attention to the fact that the Minister said that the Government's object in the review was to bring investment to the United Kingdom as a whole and that the United Kingdom includes Scotland. With regard to the future of Locate in Scotland, we are dealing with an organisation the prime duty of which is to bring jobs to Scotland. There will be uncertainty especially if, as the Minister said, the review will be conducted during the recess.

This is not an easy or light matter that can be shrugged off. We have not heard from the Secretary of State for Scotland or from the Minister who is responsible for industry in Scotland. Because of that and because of what the Minister with responsibility for local government in Scotland said, I ask that, notwithstanding the fact that we discussed the matter earlier, you consider an application under Standing Order No. 10. The issue is crucial, bearing in mind the large number of unemployed people in our country.

Mr. Speaker

The hon. Member for Dundee, East (Mr. Wilson) asks leave to move the Adjournment of the House for the purpose of discussing a specific and important matter that he thinks should have urgent consideration, namely, the future of Locate in Scotland in the light of the statement made by the Minister with responsibility for local government. I have listened to what the hon. Member has said, but I regret to say that I do not consider the matter that he has raised as being appropriate for discussion under Standing Order No. 10 and I cannot therefore submit his application to the House.

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