§ 41. Mr. Mathers
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many Scottish persons or organisations have submitted to him their views on the proposal for a Forth-Clyde ship canal?
I have recently received communications about the proposal for a Forth-Clyde ship canal from a number of individuals and from the Corporation of Glasgow. I understand that the Scottish Council on Industry are considering evidence for submission to me on the subject. Any individual or organisation which is in possession of material evidence should, therefore, forward it to the Council on Industry at 21, Castle Street, Edinburgh.
§ Mr. Mathers
In view of the fact that my right hon. Friend is the collecting agent in Scotland for evidence of this kind and that very little has been done to stimulate this, will he try to stimulate the submission of evidence?
I am not the collecting agent for evidence on this issue. The collecting agency is the Council of Industry. After they get the evidence it will be for me to consider it.
§ Mr. Mathers
Is my right hon. Friend aware that a recent reply by the Minister of Transport nominated him?
§ Mr. McKinlay
May we have an assurance that my right hon. Friend's own 770 writings on the subject prior to the war are included in the material considered?
§ Mr. Kirkwood
Does the right hon. Gentleman believe that this canal is going to be cut in our lifetime?