§ Mr. Donald Stewart
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what estimate he has made of the total number of new jobs expected to be created in Scotland as a direct consequence of oil finds in Scottish waters.
§ Mr. Dudley Smith
It is difficult to make an estimate, since developments are likely to be spread over a number of years and cannot as yet be fully quantified. I understand, however, that if known major projects were to materialise they could give rise to as many as 4,000 jobs in Scotland.