HC Deb 18 July 1950 vol 477 cc2030-1
44. Mr. Grimond

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will make a further statement on the future of the Highland Panel.

Mr. McNeil

I have been considering the position of the Highland Advisory Panel in consequence of the publication of the programme of Highland development, but I do not propose to make any changes immediately.

Mr. Grimond

Is this a change in policy? Could the right hon. Gentleman indicate whether that is a change from his statement made after Whitsun? Does it mean that at some future time the function of the Highland Panel will be changed, or is that no longer his policy?

Mr. McNeil

No, Sir, there is no change in policy. I would consult the Highland Panel if I were contemplating a change.

Mr. John MacLeod

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that unless action is taken under recommendations already made by the Panel, the people of the Highlands of Scotland will be most disappointed and will feel that such bodies are no longer useful?

Mr. McNeil

The hon. Gentleman knows that, under this Government, action has taken place.