HC Deb 18 March 1952 vol 497 cc2096-7
41. Mr. James McInnes

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has yet received the recommendations of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry with regard to the D.S.I.R. report on the survey of the Scottish stone building industry; and if he will undertake that copies of these reports will be made available in the Library.

Mr. J. Stuart

I understand that the report of the survey of the Scottish stone building industry has been sent to the Scottish Council for consideration. My noble friend the Lord President of the Council will consider the publication of the report as soon as the Scottish Council's comments are received.

Mr. McInnes

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the survey was completed in 1950 and that I was informed in reply to a Question in April last year that the report had been published? Why then should an ad hoc body be allowed to hold up the publication of a Government report?

Mr. Stuart

I do not think they are holding it up. In the first place, it is a long report. It had to be duplicated or triplicated or multiplicated, or whatever one calls it, and it consists of some 200 pages; but we are not trying to hold it up.

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