HC Deb 22 February 1954 vol 524 cc31-2
59. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware of the social problem that has arisen in Ayrshire resulting from the presence of American military personnel; if he has examined the evidence in recent trials at which certain persons were convicted for keeping disorderly houses and at which many young girls were witnesses; if he is aware of the increase in prostitution which has arisen; and what steps he proposes to take to deal with the situation.

Mr. J. Stuart

I am aware of the circumstances in which two married couples were convicted last December of keeping disorderly houses in Ayr; but there is no serious social problem requiring action on my part.

Mr. Hughes

Is the Minister not aware that the magistrate trying one of these cases—a Conservative magistrate—said that there was a serious social problem? Is he denying the statement of the man who tried the case?

Mr. Stuart

I do not think there is anything very remarkable about the number of cases. It is, of course, a serious offence. I think the fines were heavy, and the matter has been dealt with.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Will my right hon. Friend agree that while the people of Scotland strongly disapprove of these things happening, they also strongly disapprove of this anti-American propaganda?