HC Deb 06 December 1967 vol 755 c1431
23. Mr. Maclennan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what proposals he has received from the Highlands and Islands Development Board for the comprehensive development of land; and what reply he has sent.

Dr. Dickson Mabon

None, Sir, but I understand that the Board has a number of such developments under consideration.

Mr. Maclennan

Is my hon. Friend aware that this is an extremely disappointing reply? This tardiness by the Board is entirely regrettable.

Dr. Mabon

I, too, am sorry that we do not have some of the reports on matters which have been going on for some time. However, I sympathise with the heavy pressure of work on the Board. It appointed a land development officer on 1st August and is conducting research into land use for development in the Isle of Mull, Glencoe, the Moray Firth and Strath Kildonan, in which my hon. Friend is, I know, personally interested.