§ *MR. WEIR (Ross and Cromarty)
I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland whether he is aware of the serious want of a road in the district of Letters on the Western mainland of Ross-shire, a district containing upwards of 400 souls; and that, in consequence, serious results frequently ensue, owing to the extreme difficulty in obtaining the attendance of the medical officers; and whether some aid will be given towards the cost of such a road? Before the right hon. Gentleman answers, I wish to point out that a material part of the question has been struck out since I handed it in at the Table, and with your permission, Mr. Speaker, I will now read the part omitted, or give notice that I will put it on the Paper again as another question.
§ *MR. SPEAKER
Order, order! I have had the words struck out, and it is quite irregular and un-Parliamentary for the hon. Gentleman now to insist on reading them.
§ THE SECRETARY FOR SCOTLAND (Sir G. TREVELYAN,) Glasgow, Bridgeton
As the hon. Member is already aware, a contribution of £3,000 has been given to the County Council of Boss and Cromarty for the construction of roads and footpaths; and out of this amount a sum of £400 has been allocated to the Western mainland district. The portion, if any, which should be assigned to the district of Letters is, I conceive, properly left to the discretion of the District Committee, who must be held primarily responsible for an impartial distribution of the money amongst the poorer districts.