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New Towns

Volume 87: debated on Monday 18 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last met the chairmen of Scotland's five new town development corporations; and what subjects were discussed.

My right hon. Friend last met the chairmen on 8 July 1985 when a number of subjects of mutual interest were discussed, including industrial promotion and housing policy.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the Registrar General's actual or estimated population for each of the five Scottish new towns from 1980 to 1985 at the normal July date; and what are the projected population figures from 1986 to 1990.

The Registrar General's mid-year estimates of the population in new towns for 1980 to 1984 are given in the table. His estimates for mid-1985 are not yet available. The Registrar General does not produce projections of population for areas smaller than local authority districts.

Scottish New Towns—Estimated Population
1980*1981198219831984
Cumbernauld50,40048,60048,50048,00049,600
East Kilbride75,90071,90071,60070,60070,400
Glenrothes37,50035,40036,10036,70037,500
Irvine59,60055,20056,00056,40056,200
Livingston37,60037,20037,80038,50038,900
* There is a discontinuity in the series between 1980 and 1981. The 1981–84 figures have been rebased on the final results from the 1981 Census of Population.