HC Deb 16 December 1952 vol 509 cc187-8W
168. Sir D. Robertson

asked the Minister of Transport why the Caithness Member of the Traffic Commissioners panel was not included among the Commissioners who recently sat in Inverness and granted eight applications for bus tours to the Castle of Mey, or on any other occasion for over 12 years.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I am required by the Road Traffic Act, 1930, to appoint to the licensing authority for Scotland one member only from the panel of nominees of county councils to attend sittings anywhere in Scotland. No more than three or fours deputies are needed to cover the member's absences. My predecessors have tried to spread the honours of office widely, but I am sorry it has not been possible so far to appoint the Caithness nominee.

169. Sir D. Robertson

asked the Minister of Transport the number of applications for running omnibuses to the Castle of Mey which have been made between 1st April. 1931. and 31st October, 1952.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The licensing authority informs me that only two applications can at present be traced. One was made in October, 1951, for a group of tours from Wick and the other in September, 1952, for tours from eight places in Caithness to various destinations including the village of Mey. None of the tours goes to the Castle, which is about a mile from the village.