HC Deb 29 January 1964 vol 688 cc51-2W
57. Mr. Grimond

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what action he proposes to take to counter the probability of falling employment in agriculture in the Highlands emphasised by the recent meeting at Inverness; and why he has rejected the suggestion to create a Highland Development Board.

Mr. Noble

The study of this area which the Scottish Development Group is now undertaking will cover future employment prospects in agriculture as well as other aspects of the Highland economy. I have not so far been convinced that the appointment of a Highland Development Board or Authority would facilitate the solution of Highland problems.