§ Mr. McMaster
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to launch an initiative to promote the export of hardy nursery stock, including roses, heaths and heathers, from Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
§ Sir Hector Monro
My right hon. Friend has no plans to introduce an export promotion initiative for Scotland's hardy nursery stock.
I am pleased to say that this sector of the industry continues to demonstrate steady progress and, by its own efforts, is responding positively to the opportunities afforded at home and by the opening up of European Community markets.
Excellent examples of this progressive attitude to marketing are the Scotgrow exhibition, now an established annual event, and the Scotgrow's directory of Scotland's ornamental nursery stock growers. Both these and other initiatives are proving to be highly successful in promoting quality Scottish produce.