§ Mr. Sproat
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what proposals he has to increase the rate of construction work in the north-east of Scotland.
§ Mr. Millan
My officials work closely with the authorities concerned with the provision of public services. Because the availability of skilled tradesmen is the main constraint my right hon. Friend is encouraging local authorities to employ non-traditional construction methods which reduce labour demands, and the number of places for training in construction skills in Scotland has been greatly increased.