HC Deb 21 January 1958 vol 580 cc875-6
24. Mr. Malcolm MacMillan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what were the objections lodged by Lord Lovat to the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board's project at Strathfarrar-Kilmorach; and on what conditions the objections were withdrawn.

Mr. N. Macpherson

No objections were lodged by Lord Lovat.

Mr. Malcolm MacMillan

is the hon. Member aware that I am informed by the Hydro-Electric Board that an objection was lodged by Lord Lovat and withdrawn very early in the course of the hearings? Is he aware that it might be a very good thing if a full public statement were made to confirm or scotch rumours that Lord Lovat was virtually bought off by a quite extravagant claim for compensation which was awarded by the Board? On the basis of that information given to me by the Hydro-Electric Board, will the Under-Secretary take steps to see that it is confirmed or denied and the public and the investors of the Board made aware whether there is some truth in the statement? The sum of £200,000 has been mentioned and this is marginal land [HON. MEMBERS: "Speech."]—I am sorry, Mr. Speaker, but I am trying to elicit information which might not be welcome to some hon. Members, landlords, on the other side of the House.

Mr. Macpherson

Naturally my right hon. Friend will look into assertions that the hon. Member has made and I should be grateful to him if he would send such support as he can muster for the assertions.