§ Mr. Ancram
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.
§ Mr. Alexander Fletcher
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.