§ 18. Mr. David Marshall
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will reconsider his decision to bring the Glasgow eastern area renewal project in the east end of Glasgow to an end on 31 March 1987; and if he will make a statement as to his estimate of the effect this will have on employment in the area.
§ Mr. Ancram
The decision to end the GEAR project as such in March 1987 was taken in 1983 by all the sponsoring bodies collectively and not by my right hon. and learned Friend. The sponsoring bodies have, however, jointly prepared plans for their continuing commitment to the GEAR area from 1 April. There is no reason to expect that employment in the area will be adversely affected by the changed arrangements.