Roads, North Uist

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th April 1952.

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Photo of Mr Malcolm Macmillan Mr Malcolm Macmillan , Na h-Eileanan an Iar 12:00 am, 29th April 1952

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware of the poor condition of the agricultural township roads in the west of North Uist Island, and that this is detrimental to the agricultural and general development of the Island; and what urgent measures of assistance he proposes to deal with the problem.

Photo of Mr William Snadden Mr William Snadden , Kinross and West Perthshire

Under existing legislation there are no powers under which assistance can be given towards the improvement of these roads unless the work forms part of an approved scheme under the Hill Farming Act, 1946, and Livestock Rearing Act, 1951.

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

Does not the Under-Secretary think it is high time that powers were taken by the Government in order to assist people who are doing their best under very difficult circumstances to boost agricultural production and make themselves independent of food from the mainland? Cannot he move the Government—I have tried this over many years with many Governments—to provide some special form of assistance to enable these people to improve the roads?

Photo of Mr William Snadden Mr William Snadden , Kinross and West Perthshire

Fresh legislation would be required for what the hon. Gentleman asks.

Photo of Sir John Macleod Sir John Macleod , Ross and Cromarty

Could not the Minister see that more was done under the Hill Farming Act?

Photo of Mr Jo Grimond Mr Jo Grimond , Orkney and Shetland

Would the Minister consider introducing legislation to meet this point which has widespread application throughout the whole of the Highland area?

Photo of Mr David Pryde Mr David Pryde , Midlothian and Peeblesshire

Is it not perfectly obvious to the hon. Gentleman's Department that this applies not only to the Highlands but also to the Lowlands?

Photo of Mr William Snadden Mr William Snadden , Kinross and West Perthshire

It is available under two different sets of legislation at the present time.