§ Mr. STURROCK (by Private Notice)
asked the Lord Advocate whether he can give the House any further information regarding the forest fires in Scotland?
§ The LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. Morison)
The latest information is contained in two telegrams which my right hon. Friend has received from the Chief Constable of Aberdeenshire, and I propose to read the telegrams to the House. The first was sent off at 10.26 last night. "Glentanar fire still raging fiercely over wide area. About 500 acres already burned. Fire has now entered thickly wooded part, where it is practically impossible to check the fire until it burns itself out. About 250 men present to assist. Two officers 40 men from Castle Hill barracks, Aberdeen, assisting. Relays of helpers arranged for. Lord 1457 Glentanar thinks if present assistance is maintained it will be sufficient. All available military from Aberdeen sent. Will report to-morrow." This morning's report was sent off at 10.47, and is as follows: "Glentanar fire report this morning is that the fire, after a calm night, is now burning much less fiercely. Unless wind rises present assistance will be able to keep it in check."