§ Mr. Steele
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware of the meeting called by the Clyde Port Authority for 26th February to discuss with local planning authorities the development of the Clyde Estuary; what action he proposes to take; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Ross
A letter has been sent to the Clyde Port Authority and to the local planning authorities concerned to196W say that I welcome these joint discussions of the important problems affecting the future of the Clyde Estuary. I have invited them to consider how best to establish a planning framework within which the local planning authorities and prospective developers can work out their development proposals. I expect the meeting on 26th February, which will be attended by officials from the Scottish Office, to discuss possible ways of making a comprehensive survey of the full potential of the Lower Clyde and the preparation of a co-ordinated plan for its development. Any such plan must achieve a proper balance between full economic exploitation of the resources of the Clyde and the maintenance of the outstanding natural amenity of the area. I expect that this plan will eventually have to be presented for public discussion, in which all those concerned can take part. In the meantime I have asked to be notified of any planning applications for major industrial developments in this area so that I can decide whether to call them in for decision.