§ 1. Mr. Hector Hughes
asked the Minister of Labour how many railway workers in the north and north-east of Scotland have been dismissed, suspended, or placed on short time owing to the closing-down of branch railway lines in those areas.
§ Mr. Hughes
Does the Minister realise that the closing down of these lines cuts across the policy, or the alleged policy, of the Secretary of State for Scotland of encouraging industry in the north and north-east of Scotland? Will the right hon. Gentleman consult the Secretary of State for Scotland and the President of the Board of Trade with a view to evolving a policy which is not contradictory as between certain Ministers?