HC Deb 14 March 1950 vol 472 c907
31. Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when it is proposed to publish the reports of the Highland Advisory Panel.

Mr. McNeil

The Advisory Panel was set up, not to make reports, but to work in close touch with the Departments concerned with administration in the Highlands, and it gives the Secretary of State advice from time to time. A broad summary of its activities is given in the annual White Papers on Industry and Employment in Scotland.

Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the people in the Highlands are very anxious to know when the more urgent problems are going to be tackled—in particular, roads, housing and water supply; and will he consider the designation of the whole Highland area as a development area?

Mr. McNeil

On the first point, I cannot see that their worries would necessarily be eased by the publication of reports from this Panel. The second point is quite another question.

Mr. John MacLeod

Could the right hon. Gentleman say how many of the recommendations made by the Highland Advisory Panel have been acted upon by the Government?

Mr. McNeil

Not without notice, but the number is considerable.