HC Deb 13 June 1950 vol 476 cc12-3
23. Sir D. Robertson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will now authorise the grant for a new harbour at Stroma, in view of the dangerous conditions which prevail there and as a means of providing employment for some of the unemployed civil engineering labourers and general labourers who are now registered at Wick and Thurso employment exchanges

Mr. McNeil

I am unable to add to the answer which I gave the hon. Member on this subject on 4th April last.

Sir D. Robertson

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the entire fishing fleet suffered very serious damage in the storm a few weeks ago and is he also aware that the economy of this important island, which is capable of making a great contribution to agriculture, is being destroyed for lack of a harbour? Having regard to the fact that the cost of the whole thing would be about £15,000, why not give it to them?

Mr. McNeil

I am not certain that I should accept that figure, but, at any rate, I agree that communication here needs to be improved and I have taken counsel with the requisite people.