§ 46. Mr. Malcolm MacMillan
asked the Prime Minister whether he will make a statement regarding the special situation in the Western Isles in the event of war, especially in relation to naval defence, naval provisioning and refuelling; and what preparation is being made for any such purposes, with special reference to Stornoway?
§ The Prime Minister
As I stated in reply to a question by the hon. Member on 17th November, 1938, the defence of Scotland is an integral and essential part of the defence of the United Kingdom as a whole. The defences include patrols of the coasts of the Western Isles by warships. It would be contrary to the public interest to disclose details of arrangements for naval provisioning or refuelling.