Loch Lomond (Drowning Accidents)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st July 1959.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Steele Mr Thomas Steele , Dunbartonshire West 12:00 am, 21st July 1959

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if his attention has been drawn to the number of deaths by drowning which have taken place in Loch Lomond; and what action he proposes to take

Photo of Mr Jack Browne Mr Jack Browne , Glasgow Craigton

I am aware that drowning accidents do occur in Loch Lomond all too often and I welcome this opportunity to stress the need for caution by people bathing and boating there. My right hon. Friend has no direct powers but will now discuss the question of adequate warning notices with the county councils concerned.

Photo of Mr Thomas Steele Mr Thomas Steele , Dunbartonshire West

I thank the hon. Gentleman for that reply, but can he tell me who is actually responsible and what action can be taken? Is it not possible to have some system to warn canoeists, boaters and others about unfavourable weather conditions?

Photo of Mr Jack Browne Mr Jack Browne , Glasgow Craigton

The county council has powers to put up notices and issue such warnings, but it has to get approval from the proprietors of the lochside.