HC Deb 25 July 1939 vol 350 c1257
73. Mr. Malcolm MacMillan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what amount of assistance he has offered the county council of Ross and Cromarty for the reconstruction of the road at Orinsay. Isle of Lewis; and whether he will make a statement with regard to the proposed work?

Mr. Colville

The county council of Ross and Cromarty have not given priority to the road at Orinsay in their allocation of the grant for roads which I have offered this year. The funds available for the current year have been fully earmarked, but if the council accord priority to an application for assistance towards the cost of the construction of the Orinsay road next year, I shall give it sympathetic consideration.

Mr. MacMillan

While thanking the right hon. Gentleman for his reply, has he at any time indicated that, if the road were classified, he would be prepared to give a grant for it?

Mr. Colville

This road, as in many other cases, depends in the first instance on the county council showing their desire for it. My answer indicates that I would give the matter sympathetic consideration if they did so.