HC Deb 25 May 1937 vol 324 cc101-2
18. Mr. Dingle Foot

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what questions he or his predecessor have referred to the Scottish Economic Advisory Committee for consideration; whether the committee have reached any conclusions thereon; and whether in any case any action by the Government has resulted?

Mr. Elliot

At the first meeting of the Committee reference was made by my predecessor, in a speech from which I am sending the hon. Member an extract, to various matters which appeared to require examination, e.g., the formation of a trading estate, the provision of capital for industry, and the possibilities of introducing new industries and developing tourist facilities in Scotland. Subsequently the Committee agreed, in consultation with my predecessor, to appoint a special sub-committee to inquire into conditions in the Highlands and Islands. As a result of the Committee's work a trading estate has, with the assistance of the Commissioner for the Special Areas, been established near Renfrew. On the other subjects which I have mentioned I have had a number of opportunities of private discussion with representatives of the Committee, whose views have been borne in mind in the framing of Government policy.

19. Mr. Foot

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the total income of the Scottish Economic Advisory Committee; from what source or sources such income is derived; and how much of the income is paid in salaries?

Mr. Elliot

The sums required to meet the expenses of the Committee are provided by the Scottish Development Council and the Special Areas Commissioner. I am informed that in the financial year 1936–37 the sums so provided amounted to £4,500, of which approximately £3,000 was paid in salaries to the staff.

Mr. Foot

Does the right hon. Gentle-man really think that that sum is adequate to enable the Committee to discharge all the functions which are re-ferred to it?

Mr. Elliot

I think it is adequate as affairs stand at present. If it needs to be expanded, I shall certainly consider it.