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Sda Funding (Lothian)

Volume 87: debated on Thursday 21 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why he has refused funding from the Scottish Development Agency to Gorgie road railway bridge, and Pilrig Dalmery church, and other projects in Lothian; and what assessment he has made of consequential job losses in Lothian.

It is for the Scottish Development Agency to determine whether individual land renewal projects merit sufficient priority to receive funding in any particular financial year. I understand that the agency has decided to defer meantime a number of schemes, including the two mentioned. There were 3,425 confirmed redundancies in Lothian in 1984, and the provisional figure for January to August 1985 is 2,777.