HC Deb 20 July 1932 vol 156 c2277
58. Dr. MURRAY

asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he is aware that, owing to the continued depression in the fishing and other local industries, unemployment is still very serious in Lewis, Harris, and the Western Isles generally: and whether, with a view to relieving the distress resulting therefrom, he will take steps to extend the time during which relief works on roads, etc., will be carried on?


I am obtaining a report on the situation in the districts mentioned by my hon. Friend. I would remind him, however, that the special relief measures adopted last winter in those districts were sanctioned for a limited period. A special extension till the end of this month WAS granted in the case of certain works. At present I cannot hold out any prospect that a further extension will be authorised, but I will consider the question further on receipt of the report for which I have asked.