HC Deb 09 March 1966 vol 725 cc507-8W
49. Mr. Russell Johnston

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is now satisfied with the financial allocation to the Highlands and Islands Development Board; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Willis

The estimates of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland for the year ending 31st March, 1966, include provision for a grant-in-aid of £150,000 to the Board and I am quite satisfied that this figure is sufficient for the Board's present purposes. I cannot comment on the figure for 1966–67 in advance of publication of my Department's estimates for that year.

Mr. William Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT a list of the tasks completed by the Highland Development Board, and its plans for future developments.

Mr. Ross

The Board has introduced arrangements for financial assistance by way of grant or loan for industrial and commercial projects and has submitted a proposal for development of the fishing industry in the Highlands and Islands. The Board is commissioning the planning of a caravan park site in Glencoe, and proposes to undertake major surveys of two possible growth areas in the Highlands and Islands. It also has under consideration multi-purpose land development schemes, the provision of tourist facilities in the West Highlands and Islands, and various industrial developments.