§ Mrs. Ewing
asked the Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, (1) if he will take steps to conduct a Departmental survey to ascertain the percentage of regional employment premium applicable to Scotland which has been spent on labour-saving machinery which reduces manpower;
(2) what study he has made of the extent to which the regional employment premium applicable to Scotland has been spent on labour-saving machinery with the effect of reducing the number of jobs.38W
§ Mr. Shore
I do not propose to conduct a survey on the lines suggested. However, the effects of the Government's measures to promote regional development are kept under continuous study. I am confident that the regional employment premium will lead to a substantial increase in employment in Scotland.