HC Deb 07 March 1988 vol 129 c91W
Mr. Harry Ewing

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list in theOfficial Report the Ministers in his Department, together with their responsibilities, at the time of the decision to give financial assistance to United States Tobacco for the manufacture of Skoal Bandits.

Mr. Rifkind

In November 1984, when the offer of assistance was made, the Secretary of State for Scotland was my right hon. Friend the Member for Ayr (Mr. Younger). The other Ministers, and their responsibilities, were:

Rt. hon. Lord Gray of Contin. Responsibilities: Agriculture; fisheries; forestry; the Highlands and Islands Development Board; Scottish Tourist Board; and the co-ordination of Government action in relation to the Highlands and Islands.

The hon. Member for Eastwood (Mr. Stewart). Responsibilities: Industrial and regional development; manpower services; matters relating to oil development; new towns; education including primary, secondary and higher education, hut excluding universities; public libraries; youth and community services; sport and recreation; and the arts.

The former hon. Member for Argyll and Bute (Mr. MacKay). Responsibilities: Health boards and the Common Services Agency; hospital services; general practitioner services; community health services; ambulance services; health education; services for the elderly, children, the disabled and the mentally handicapped; list D schools; children's hearings; and the after-care of offenders.

The former hon. Member for Edinburgh, South (Mr. Ancram). Responsibilities: Police and fire services; civil law and criminal justice; prisons; Scottish courts administration; local government; town and country planning; housing; roads and transport; water, sewage and pollution; urban renewal; building control; and ancient monuments and historic buildings.

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