HC Deb 12 February 1975 vol 886 c131W
22. Mr. Alexander Fletcher

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimates he has made of the extent to which the level of unemployment in Scotland is due to slippage in the production of North Sea oil.

Mr. William Ross

Oil-related employment in Scotland continues to increase, and has made an important contribution to the recent marked improvement in Scotland's position relative to Great Britain as a whole.

23. Mr. Gray

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps are being taken to create alternative employment for workers likely to become redundant in the private sector of forestry in Scotland and in particular in the area of the Highlands and Islands Development Board.

Mr. Hugh D. Brown

I am not aware that this is likely to happen in the near future.

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