HC Deb 05 March 1940 vol 358 c195
69. Mr. Woodburn

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in his designation of a part of Scotland as a prohibited area, he has considered the repercussions of this decision on the Scottish tourist industry; and whether he will make such modifications as may be necessary to allow the fullest use of Scotland as a holiday centre for legitimate holiday makers consistent with safety?

Mr. Stanley

The answer to the first part of the Question is in the affirmative. There is no reason why the new Order should discourage visits to the Highlands and Islands, either for holiday or for business purposes, by persons with satisfactory credentials. As already intimated in the Press, arrangements have been made by which such persons can obtain permits to visit the protected area; and offices to which application for such permits can be made have been established in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. These arrangements will be kept under careful review, with the object of ensuring that the public are not subjected to any greater inconvenience than defence considerations require.

Mr. Woodburn

Has the right hon. Gentleman made inquiry, in view of this regulation, whether it is safe to allow a friend of Hitler, Miss Unity Mitford, to take up her residence on one of these islands?