HC Deb 11 March 1987 vol 112 c244W
30. Sir Alex Fletcher

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his assessment of the effect of the current state of the Scottish economy on the newspaper industry in Scotland.

Mr. Rifkind

The prospects for the Scottish economy are seen to be substantially better for 1987 than for 1986 and Scotland should benefit from the current improvement in the United Kingdom and world economies. In general, the newspaper industry in Scotland is performing soundly, its profitability is not a cause for concern, and it is experiencing major technological changes.