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Volume 978: debated on Friday 15 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when next he intends to visit Dundee to discuss with representatives of the trade union movement the problems of dealing with unemployment in the city.

My right hon. Friend has no present plans to visit Dundee, but he and I are fully aware of the city's employment difficulties. Our confirmation of the city's special development area status and the SDA's initiatives in the area will enhance its attractive- ness to potential investors, but a reduction in unemployment here, as elsewhere, can only be achieved on the basis of the sound and prosperous economy which our policies are directed to create.