HC Deb 16 February 1943 vol 386 c1574
23. Mr. Malcolm MacMillan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether, in view of the unanimous acceptance by Parliament in 1936 of the Resolution recognising the existence of economic distress in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and the subsequent Report of the Highlands and Islands Economic Committee, and of the need for immediate planning for post-war reconstruction in these areas, he will make a statement regarding the Government's present preparations and future intentions respecting the North and North-west in the light of their special geographical and other conditions?

Mr. Johnston

In addition to the Government's proposals for hydro-electric development, and the Committees of Inquiry which I have set up on particular subjects of special Highland interest, such as land settlement, hill sheep farming, and the herring industry, Highland problems and possibilities are being examined by the Advisory Council on Scottish Industry with a view to making recommendations as to the development of local industries in the Highlands.

Mr. MacMillan

Can the right hon. Gentleman give any' estimate of the date when we can have a comprehensive Report made public co-ordinating the various Reports on Scottish problems, with a view to early and definite action?

Mr. Johnston

Periodic Reports are being issued by the Council on Industry on the matter.