HC Deb 18 July 1984 vol 64 cc230-1W
26 Mr. Norman Hogg

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is satisfied with the present arrangements for the attraction of industry to Scotland's new towns; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Allan Stewart

The present arrangements are working very effectively and have been particularly successful in attracting new high technology industry to Scotland from overseas. This success can be attributed to the excellent co-operation and combined expertise of the development corporations and the Locate in Scotland unit. There have been several notable successes recently including Shin-Etsu Handotai in Livingston, Berkeley Glass Laboratories in Cumbernauld, Kineticon in Glenrothes, Fibremat in East Kilbride and SCI in Irvine.

28. Mr. Lambie

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received about regional aid for the Scottish new towns.

Mr. Younger

The new town development corporations have submitted views in response to the White Paper on Regional Industrial Development. These have been concerned largely with the status of the new towns in 'the future pattern of assisted area coverage. We have given assurances that the points put to us will be fully taken into account in the forthcoming review of the assisted area map.