§ 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?