§ Mr. Moonman
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his estimate of the small business sector's contribution to jobs in the Scottish economy in general, and in manufacturing in particular; and what effect the devolution proposal for an Assembly in Edinburgh will have on this sector.
§ Mr. Gregor MacKenzie
I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Employment to the hon. Member for South Ayrshire (Mr. Sillars) on 5th 95W August. The provisional figures given in that reply have now been confirmed.—[Vol. 916, c. 953–4.]—It is not proposed that the Scottish Assembly will have direct responsibility for these matters, except in so far as responsibility for the Scottish Development Agency is to be devolved.