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Volume 892: debated on Wednesday 21 May 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether preparations are being made for jobs to replace oil-related industry when it begins to decline.

Our regional policy measures, together with the establishment of the Scottish Development Agency, are designed to stimulate employment in Scotland and to deal with problems of

Capital expenditure figures for Cornwall are not available prior to 1969–70. Data for 1969–70 and later are as follows:employment decline from whatever source. I should add, however, that we foresee oil-related industry making an important contribution to employment in Scotland for many years to come.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what action is being taken designed to protect long-term jobs and services in oil development areas.

The need to protect long-term jobs and services is fully taken into account in the Government's policies. For instance, the various schemes of regional assistance continue to be available to help existing industry in the oil development areas. Local authorities and the SSHA have on hand a large programme of house building to accommodate incoming workers for oil-related developments.