HC Deb 13 May 1897 vol 49 c369

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate (1) whether his attention has been called to a resolution moved at a recent meeting of the Ross-shire County Council by one of the leading supporters of the Government in the county, and unanimously carried, in which it was declared that the Council views with astonishment and dismay the reduction of the Vote for public works and communications in the Highlands by over £10,000; and (2) whether, in view of the fact that the stoppage of harbour works (such as Bayble) which have already cost the promoters considerable sums of money, and which have been promised by the Scottish Office, will be productive of very great hardship to the promoters, he will make some provision under which those works, which have already been entertained at the Scottish Office, maybe proceeded with without delay?


The answer to the first paragraph of the hon. Member's Question is in the affirmative. As regards the second portion of his Question the hon. Member is mistaken in supposing that any harbour works have been stopped for which promises were given. He is aware that the cost of such works after being entertained by the Scottish Office must be sanctioned by the Treasury—who have not seen their way to make provision for these works this year.