HC Deb 08 March 1960 vol 619 cc215-6
7. Mr. G. M. Thomson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make an estimate of the cost to public funds, by way of provision of medical services, of the recent walking race from John o' Groats.

Mr. Galbraith

So far, about a hundred walkers have received minor out-patient treatment and two were admitted to hospital for one night. The estimated cost is about £100.

Mr. Thomson

Is the Minister aware that, in addition to the medical cost, there must be a number of other items to be laid against public funds by way of National Assistance, police costs and so on in relation to this very irresponsibly organised publicity stunt? Is it not a bit thick that these poor local authorities which are anxious to attract people to the Highlands for holidays should be asked to subsidise an advertising scheme for a commercial holiday camp concern?

Mr. Galbraith

The hon. Gentleman asked about medical services and I have answered that Question. If he would like to put down another Question on the other point, I should be glad to answer it.