Mr. Edward M. Taylor
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that the Digest of Scottish Statistics reveals that production in Scotland was stagnant in the first half of 1966, that for the first time since 1960 there was no increase in production in the second quarter of the year, and that there are now more than three unemployed Scots for every vacant job in Scotland; and if 33W he will take steps to exempt Scotland from the effects of the credit squeeze and the Selective Employment Tax.
§ Mr. Callaghan
The Government's policies for strengthening the regions are protecting the economy of Scotland during the present phase. I do not have at present further proposals to improve the position beyond the material assistance provided under existing policies of regional development.