HC Deb 22 February 1978 vol 944 cc686-7W
Mr. Welsh

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will call a meeting of the Hill Farming Advisory Committee to discuss as a matter of urgency the effects of current snow damage on Scottish farms, and to recommend appropriate long-term action.

Mr. Hugh D. Brown

With the co-operation of the National Farmers' Union of Scotland, my Department is currently seeking to assess the full effects of the snowstorm. When that information is available, my right hon. Friend will consider whether he would find it helpful to have the advice of the committee on any action that might be necessary.