HC Deb 26 March 1975 vol 889 cc148-9W
Mr. Sillars

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he is taking to stimulate employment in the construction industry in view of continuing high unemployment in the building trades.

Mr. William Ross

Work related to oil development has continued at a high level. Fiscal and other measures last autumn helped to maintain employment. New orders and the output of the construction industry have fallen less sharply in Scotland than in Great Britain as a whole. I expect public investment in Scotland under my control to be as high in 1975–76 as in the current year. I am also hoping for some recovery in the private housing sector.