§ Mr. Sillars
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the expenditure of the Scottish Industrial Estates Corporation in each of the past five years; and how this compares with the Scottish Development Agency's projected expenditure in the current year for the kind of work formerly carried out by the SIEC.
§ Mr. Gregor Mackenzie
Information regarding the expenditure of the SIEC is contained in the accounts which have been published annually by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Industry pursuant to Section 10(5) of the Local Employment Act 1960 and Section 17(1) of the Local Employment Act 1972, the latest of which relates to the financial year 1974–75.
There is no wholly comparable basis on which projected expenditure by the SDA in the current financial year can be presented but, as the Supply Estimates for 1976–77 show, £20,700,000 has been allocated to provision of land and buildings, etc., for sale or letting to industrial and other undertakings. This represents about twice the provision in previous years for factory building by the SIEC.