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Volume 981: debated on Monday 17 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will take steps designed to reduce the numbers of skilled workers emigrating from Scotland to Australia and South Africa.

I am aware of press reports concerning the interest of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa in the recruitment of skilled labour from Scotland, but I have no evidence to suggest that any such emigration is taking place on a significant scale.The Government are already taking steps to establish a sound and prosperous economy in Scotland, and in the United Kingdom as a whole, in which industry can expand, providing more job opportunities and better prospects for skilled workers.