HC Deb 31 March 1993 vol 222 c308W

31.Mr. To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the Inverclyde enterprise zones.

Mr. Stewart

The need for site clearance, servicing and infrastructure works on most of the sites, and the general economic situation, has meant that progress on the zone has been a little slower than we might have hoped. There have also been local difficulties which have contributed to delays in bringing forward sites for development.

Nevertheless, there are extremely encouraging develop-ments on the zone. The proposed development by MIMTEC at Faulds park in particular is expected to create 400 new jobs and bring £20 million of investment to Inverclyde. The zone partners are working, with the Scottish Office, to build on this and earlier successful developments; and to ensure that the zone meets its target of creating 3,200 new jobs in the area.