HC Deb 19 March 1935 vol 299 c1011W

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans, prepared by the Commissioner for the special areas in Scotland, have been approved by the Government; what expenditure has been authorised; and how many men will be employed upon these schemes?


Plans submitted by the Commissioner for the special areas in Scotland under the following headings have been approved:—

(1) Physical Training Schemes 8,500
(2) Special Development of Allotment Schemes including acquisition of land 14,000
(3) Social Service 40,000
(4) Industrial Publicity and Research 23,300
(5) Agriculture Training 20,000
These plans may be regarded as constituting the preliminary stage of the Commissioner's work. They are based either on the idea of training and reconditioning the unemployed so as to fit them for employment or, as in the case of No. 4, of creating conditions conducive to the increase of employment. Meanwhile, a number of schemes which involve direct employment are in course of active preparation and will, it is expected, shortly be set on foot. At the request of the Commissioner a Bill has been introduced to continue the provisions of the Land Drainage (Scotland) Act, 1930, and it is intended to undertake with the Commissioner's assistance schemes under those provisions which will afford considerable employment.