asked the Secretary of State for Industry what proportion of square footage of industrial development for which IDCs were issued in 1974 comprised warehousing and storage development in Scotland and the South-East region of England, respectively.
This information is not available. The IDC control applies to industrial buildings, including those—for example, storages—used for purposes ancillary to an industrial activity. Ancillary space is not recorded separately for statistical purposes. Wholesale warehouses and distribution depots are not subject to the IDC control. IDCs have in any case not been required in any part of Scotland since August 1974, when the Edinburgh, Leith and Portobello employment exchange areas were made into development areas from intermediate areas.
The number of applications for industrial development certificates for south-east England and Scotland approved in 1974 was 377 and three respectively; 37 were refused for south-east England and none for Scotland during the period. It is not possible to make any meaningful comparisons between south-east England and Scotland because in July 1972 the IDC control ceased to apply in development areas. Thus, in Scotland from July 1972 to August 1974 the control operated only in the Edinburgh, Leith and Portobello employment exchange areas. After these areas were made into development areas in August 1974, the control ceased to operate anywhere in Scotland.