HC Deb 27 June 1978 vol 952 c486W
Mr. Sillars

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the powers granted by legislation which allow Scottish local authorities to provide assistance to industry; and which of these powers enable them to make available rent-free factories to incoming industry.

Mr. Gregor MacKenzie

Assistance may be given in a number of forms to industry by local authorities under several legislative provisions. These include Section 7 of the Local Government (Development and Finance) (Scotland) Act 1964 and Sections 74, 78 and 83 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973. The scope for granting rent-free periods or making other rental concessions on factory buildings under these provisions is a matter for local authorities' own interpretation. Further powers will be available to local authorities whose areas are designated under the Inner Urban Areas Bill, which is at present before Parliament.