§ 39. Mr. Hendry
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he will give a decision on whether there will in future be one Electricity Board for Scotland.
§ Mr. Hendry
Will my right hon. Friend consider whether he can possibly speed up his answer to the Question in view of the amount of misleading and ill-informed propaganda sent to hon. Members by "Aims of Industry" and similar organisations?
§ Mr. Woodburn
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that many of us do not want him to make such a decision and have one Electricity Board for Scotland? Is he aware that we are almost convinced at the moment, unless evidence emerges to the contrary, that it would be much better to preserve the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board?
§ Mr. John MacLeod
Is my right hon. Friend aware that authoritative opinion in the north of Scotland is against amalgamation? Why cannot this Board, which has done so much for the Highlands of Scotland, retain its independence?
§ Mr. Ross
Surely the right hon. Gentleman has had the report before him for many months. Is he aware that this is bound to create an unsettling feeling? Will the right hon. Gentleman show himself to be as sensitive to the real needs of the people of Scotland as hitherto he has shown himself sensitive to the propaganda of "Aims of Industry"?