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Sites Of Special Scientific Interest

Volume 228: debated on Thursday 8 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many designated sites of special scientific interest are in (a) Inverclyde district and (b) Renfrew district; and if he will list them.

[holding answer 7 July 1993]; The information is set out in the table. Some of these sites also lie within other districts as indicated.

Sites of Special Scientific Interest
SiteOther districts containing part of site
(a) Inverclyde District
Dargavel BurnRefrew
Dunrod Hill
Erskine LangbankRenfrew
Glen MossRenfrew
Shielhill Glen
Knocknairs Hill
(b) Renfrew District
Barmufflock Dam
Boylestone Quarry
Castle Semple and Barr Lochs
Clochodrick Stone
Dargavel BurnInverclyde
Erskine LangbankInverclyde
Formakin
Glen MossInverclyde
Lock Libo
Shovelboard
WalkmillGlasgow and Eastwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) how many of the functions of the Scottish tourist board are to be relocated from Edinburgh to Inverness by 1 April 1995; and if he will list them;(2) what assessment he has carried out of the costs of relocating Scottish tourist board staff and functions to Inverness by 1 April 1995; how many staff will be involved; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 7 July 1993]: I expect the Scottish tourist board to establish a substantial office presence in Inverness, representative of the range of its functions. The numbers of staff involved and precise costs can be determined only once the STB has identified which jobs are to be transferred; I expect, however, overall expenditure to be kept within existing resources.