HC Deb 20 November 1956 vol 560 c1527
21. Mr. John MacLeod

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when legislation is to be introduced to deal with drainage in a comprehensive manner in the Highlands of Scotland.

The Joint Under-Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. Niall Macpherson)

My hon. Friend will appreciate that drainage problems in Scotland are not confined to the Highlands. Discussions are still proceeding but I am not able to forecast when legislation may be possible.

Mr. MacLeod

Could the Joint Under-Secretary of State say why there is this interminable delay? Recent floods would have been much less severe had there been a comprehensive scheme. This matter has been discussed many times in the House in the past few years. When is the Minister going to take some action?

Mr. Macpherson

As has been repeatedly said in the House, the difficulty is to get agreement between the parties interested.