HC Deb 16 December 1952 vol 509 c149W
55. Mr. M. MacMillan

asked the President of the Board of Trade when he intends to make available to the Western Isles the same facilities and assistance recently offered to the Scottish North-Eastern fishing areas, in view of the fact that unemployment is both heavier and of longer duration in the islands and arises from long depression in the local staple industry of herring fishing.

Mr. H. Strauss

I am informed that, so far as their resources allow, the Development Commission will be prepared to consider on their merits proposals for schemes in the Western Isles, as well as for other rural areas, from applicants eligible under the Development and Road Improvement Fund Act, 1909, as amended.