Footpaths (Outer Hebrides).

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland. – in the House of Commons on 6th July 1937.

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Photo of Mr Malcolm Macmillan Mr Malcolm Macmillan , Na h-Eileanan an Iar

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will bring pressure to hear upon the county councils of Inverness and Rose and Cromarty to bring into good repair footpaths used by children in the Outer Hebrides going to and from school over long distances, and demand that such action be taken immediately in view of the hardship and menace to the health of these children caused by the neglected condition of these paths?

Photo of Captain Hon. Arthur Hope Captain Hon. Arthur Hope , Birmingham Aston

This matter is primarily one for the local authorities concerned, and if the hon. Member will submit particulars of any cases which he has in mind my right hon. Friend will be glad to communicate them to the local authority.

Photo of Mr Malcolm Macmillan Mr Malcolm Macmillan , Na h-Eileanan an Iar

Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman convey to his right hon. Friend one particularly outstanding case, one example of many results and hardships caused by this neglect, namely, the tragic death of a little child on her way to school over what can hardly be regarded as a footpath, and will he give some indication that the Department intend to do something about these things which have been neglected for years and years?

Photo of Captain Hon. Arthur Hope Captain Hon. Arthur Hope , Birmingham Aston

Perhaps the hon. Member will speak to me afterwards on the point.