§ 17. Mr. McKelvey
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will initiate a study into the socio-economic effects on the Garnock valley if the threatened closure of Glengarnock steel works were to be implemented.
§ Mr. Allan Stewart
Following the ending of steelmaking at Glengarnock a working party under Scottish Office chairmanship examined the needs of the area. As a result a task force led by the Scottish Development Agency was set up, and has put £19 million into the economic regeneration of the Garnock valley. The SDA continues to support the Garnock valley development executive. A further study would not serve any useful purpose.