HC Deb 01 November 1955 vol 545 cc822-3
12. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received, and from whom, proposing that he should establish one or more Scottish regional authorities operating with Government funds to co-ordinate development plans for Scotland and to seek a solution for unemployment in Scotland.

Mr. Henderson Stewart

My right hon. Friend has received representations from Sutherland County Council, the Scottish Trades Union Congress and the local authorities' Hydro-Electric General Committee in favour of setting up a special authority with powers to plan the rehabilitation of the Highlands and Islands. This proposal was considered and rejected by the Royal Commission on Scottish Affairs.

Mr. Hughes

Does the Joint Under-Secretary realise the importance of coordinating and publicising such plans? Has the Secretary of State any such plans of his own? Will he publish a White Paper on the present situation, having regard to its importance to industry in Scotland?

Mr. Stewart

As the hon. and learned Member for Aberdeen, North (Mr. Hector Hughes) knows, there is now a large measure of co-ordination and there have been one or two White Papers on the matter. However, if he would like me to write to him more fully, I shall be happy so to do.