HC Deb 21 November 1962 vol 667 cc1193-4
11. Sir D. Robertson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when the pier at Lochinver will be extended to meet the needs of the growing fishing industry which is now handicapped for lack of berths and working space; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Noble

Sutherland County Council asked in July about the possibility of grant being given for the extension of this pier. It has been informed of the considerations which have to be taken into account in this matter, and no detailed scheme has yet been submitted.

Sir D. Robertson

This pier has been heavily congested for several years, long before last July, and that fact should have been apparent to the Department's officers, just as it has been to me and those who frequent this very important place, where a new and growing industry has been built up. For the first time for over a century we have native boats going to the fisheries. Will my right hon. Friend see without further delay that something is done to bring this scheme to fruition?

Mr. Noble

I rejoice with my hon. Friend that there are some local boats fishing from that area and that the number is increasing. But, in the first place, it is the task of local authorities to bring to the Scottish Department their request as to which piers need doing first. July was the first time that Sutherland County Council brought it to my attention. I can assure my hon. Friend that there will be no delay as far as my Department is concerned when their proposals are received.