HC Deb 17 May 1994 vol 243 cc408-9W
Mr. Worthington

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made as to the availability of quality, modern, open-plan office space in the Edinburgh area; and what plans he has to address any shortfall.

Mr. Stewart

[holding answer 12 May 1994]: My right hon. Friend has made no such assessment. Data may be available, of course, from private sector interests and publications and other sources. Local enterprise companies generally have a responsibility to work with the market to ensure that business development is not constrained by a lack of suitable accommodation. I understand that Lothian and Edinburgh Enterprise Limited conducted a major audit of the Lothian property market last winter.

The hon. Member may therefore wish to approach the chairman of Lothian and Edinburgh Enterprise Limited to seek further information about the audit and about its present activities in this area.

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