Land Utilisation

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons on 17th November 1942.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Johnston Mr Thomas Johnston , Stirlingshire and Clackmannanshire Western

I would remind my hon. Friend that, after consultation with the Council of Ex-Secretaries of State, I have already appointed authoritative committees to consider many subjects of vital importance to the Scottish countryside such as hill sheep, land settlement, hydroelectric development and the herring industry. I have also reconstituted the statutory Advisory Committees on Housing and Education which will, of course, review conditions in the country as well as in the town. The Scottish Council on Industry will also concern itself with the establishment and maintenance of rural industries. The work of the committee suggested by my hon. Friend would duplicate the various inquiries now being undertaken, and accordingly I do not think that the appointment of such a body would be desirable.