HC Deb 02 May 1950 vol 474 c1565
37. Mr. M. MacMillan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when the construction of the proposed pier at Portnaguran, Isle of Lewis, is to begin.

Mr. T. Fraser

A 75 per cent. grant towards the cost of a pier and boat-slip at Portnaguran has been offered to Ross and Cromarty County Council, but I am unable to say when actual construction will begin.

Mr. MacMillan

Is my hon. Friend aware that this pier was recommended 90 years ago, was approved before the war and twice since by Secretaries of State, that an offer of a 75 per cent. grant was made but that the matter has got no further?

Mr. Fraser

The 75 per cent. grant I mentioned has just been offered, but there are still some formalities to be gone through. A Provisional Order will be necessary, the local authority having some responsibility in the matter as well as the Government.

Mr. MacMillan

Is my hon. Friend aware that, as I have said, approval was given before the war and twice since and we are now anxious that some practical steps should be taken?