Hydro-Electric Development

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17 November 1965.

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Photo of Mr Russell Johnston Mr Russell Johnston , Inverness 12:00, 17 November 1965

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he will make a statement on the Government's policy concerning the future of hydro-electric development.

Photo of Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith , North Angus and Mearns

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he will make a statement concerning the future programme of hydro-electric projects in Scotland.

Photo of Dr Dickson Mabon Dr Dickson Mabon , Greenock

My right hon. Friend hopes to make a statement very shortly.

Photo of Mr Russell Johnston Mr Russell Johnston , Inverness

I welcome this announcement very much.

Photo of Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith , North Angus and Mearns

Is not this one other example of procrastination? We have waited a year for a reply and there is a hold-up of potential investment in the Highlands of £144- million as a result of the delay.

Photo of Dr Dickson Mabon Dr Dickson Mabon , Greenock

I understand why the hon. Gentleman blushes when he says that in view of the past record of his own Government, which to a large extent caused this delay. Fortunately, my right hon. Friend will be in a position very shortly to make a statement which I hope will find acceptance throughout the House.