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Volume 887: debated on Wednesday 5 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on employment prospects and plans for improvement of employment opportunities in Scotland.

The establishment of a Scottish Development Agency, the development of North Sea oil, and the dispersal of Civil Service posts to Scotland will help to create new employment in Scotland. This Government's decision to grant development area status to Edinburgh, Leith and Portobello means that the whole country now enjoys a very wide range of incentives for industrial development, including REP at the doubled rate.