HC Deb 30 January 1941 vol 368 cc711-2W
Mr. Malcolm MacMillan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will make a statement regarding the proposal to resume the work of the Economic Committee of the Scottish National Development Council on Conditions in the Highlands and Islands; and especially to what extent His Majesty's Government are to assist in this work?

Mr. E. Brown

As already announced, the Scottish Development Council, with my right hon. Friend's warm approval, recently decided to resume their investigations, which were suspended on account of war conditions, in May last, into the possibility of initiating industries in the Highland area which have a value in the prosecution of the war and would assist the post-war economic development of the Highlands. It has been arranged that the various Departments concerned will give all possible help in these inquiries.