§ Mr. LIVINGSTONE
asked the secretary for scotland whether his attention has been called to the lack of transport facilities in the island of Bernera, Harris; and, in view of the adverse circumstances in which the population of this island are placed, is he prepared to reconsider the application of the Harris district committee for the construction of a branch road half a mile long in the Rushgarry district and sanction a grant towards this project?
I am aware that the Harris District Committee recently made application to the Board of Agriculture for Scotland for a Grant-in-Aid of the construction of a road from the Rushgary Sand to the main road in the Island of Bernera. In view, however, of the existing commitments and other demands on the limited funds which the Board have available for assisting works of this character they were unable to offer a grant in this case. I regret that I can 759W hold out no hope of reconsideration of that decision at the present time.