§ Mr. Gordon Wilson
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will indicate the nature and extent of the investigations currently being undertaken by his Department into the potential for the development of oil and petrochemical industries in Scotland.
§ Mr. Gregor MacKenzie
It is an integral part of the work of the Scottish Office to carry out investigations of all aspects of the potential for oil and gas development in Scotland. Work by Scottish Office planners, economists and research staff is carried out in close consultation with other Government Departments and public bodies, including local authorities. Where appropriate, consultants have been commissioned to investigate and advise on specific aspects.