Mid-Scotland Ship Canal.

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 12th December 1922.

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Photo of Dr William Chapple Dr William Chapple , Dumfriesshire

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asked the First Commissioner of Works, as representing the Secretary for Scotland, whether, in view of the urgent need of employment in Scotland, and of the post-War evidence of the strategic and commercial value of a mid-Scotland ship canal, he will take steps to set up a committee, consisting of representatives of the Admiralty, the Board of Trade, the local authorities, and the shipping interests, to inquire into the advisability of pro ceeding with this national enterprise?

Photo of Mr John Baird Mr John Baird , Ayr District of Burghs

My Noble Friend has consulted the Departments concerned as to their views on the proposal to set up a committee such as the hon. Member suggests. As the result, he doubts whether any good purpose would be served by further inquiry into this matter, which has been considered on several occasions in recent years.