asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will make a statement on the creation of a new town in the Irvine area.
The Under-Secretary of State for Scotland (Dr. J. Dickson Mabon)
Is the Minister aware of the great interest shown in this suggestion of a new town, particularly by the hon. Member for Central Ayreshire (Mr. Manuel), who I know is very interested in it? Does he realise that many planning decisions of all kinds are held up in the meantime? Can he give any indication at all of when we may have a decision on this important matter?
On the first part of the question, yes, Sir. On the second part of the question, the report was received on 31st May. Discussions have gone on with the local authorities concerned. My hon. Friend hopes to have a meeting on 3rd December, and after that we shall see what is what.
On a point of order. May I have your permission, Mr. Speaker, to ask a supplementary question on Question No. 3?
I understand the hon. Member's interest. I am sorry that I missed the hon. Member at the time. It is now too late.