Sir John Macleod: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware of the difficulties experienced by patients in many parts of the Highlands and Islands because of the heavy expenses they incur travelling to hospital; what action he now proposes to take; and if he will make a statement.
Sir John Macleod: Is my right hon. Friend aware that this statement will be received with great relief that at long last my right hon. Friend has decided to take this step? Since he will be alleviating many hardships, may I take this opportunity to thank him on behalf of the people who will welcome his reply?
Sir John Macleod: Did I understand my right hon. Friend to say that what the motor industry wants is one big firm making component parts?
Sir John Macleod: If that is not so, there is no point in my asking the question.
Sir John Macleod: I am pleased to follow the hon. Member for Fife, West (Mr. W. Hamilton), although there was a great deal in his speech with which I disagreed. I certainly agree with the hon. Member, however, concerning science laboratories and the like. There is no doubt that the hon. Member and the right hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Grimond) were quite right in saying that Scotland lacks the...
Sir John Macleod: I think there is a greater chance. My right hon. Friend has done, as a farmer, a great deal for the farming community. I hope that he will follow this up. [Interruption.] The Price Review was welcomed by all sections of the farming community and was a great stimulus to it. We must have more distribution of industry. The position in Scotland is certainly acute. There is a gross...
Sir John Macleod: I have written so many letters about it that tomorrow one of the head chaps is coming to see me here about it. I hope that the hon. Member for Glasgow, Govan (Mr. Rankin) will join me at about 11 o'clock tomorrow morning and we can discuss the matter, as he is so interested.
Sir John Macleod: As the hon. Gentleman intervened I thought that I would graciously ask him to help me. I hope he will come if he can. I welcome the fact that the Highland Fund is to be used for the administration of loans and the granting of £50,000 to help small industries. The Fund has already helped considerably. In a country with a sparse population, any small industry which employs only a few people...
Sir John Macleod: Has my hon. Friend been given any indication by the right hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Grimond) and others of the powers that they would be prepared to take out of the hands of the local authorities and give to a body like the one suggested? That is a very important factor.
Sir John Macleod: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he will give authority for a permanent bridge to be erected to replace the temporary Bailey bridge on the A.9 trunk road which passes over the Conon river.
Sir John Macleod: This is absolutely ridiculous. Does my hon. Friend realise that this is a main trunk road and that it has had this Bailey bridge for over eight years? Does he know that the bridge has had to be closed because it is breaking down? This would not be tolerated in the South. Will he put more drive and energy into this and see that a two-way bridge is started immediately?
Sir John Macleod: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the progress with the reconstruction of the road from Gairloch to Braemore in Wester Ross.
Sir John Macleod: As the tourist traffic is continually increasing, and as there is no railway in this region, have those factors been taken into account in the standards laid down for the reconstruction of this road?
Sir John Macleod: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects the series of schemes for the reconstruction of the road from Ullapool to Kylesku Ferry to be completed.
Sir John Macleod: Can my right hon. Friend say how much this will cost, and by whom the cost will be met?
Sir John Macleod: Is the hon. Member aware of the discussion which took place on this subject in 1905?
Sir John Macleod: I agree with the hon. and gallant Member for Kingston upon Hull, East (Commander Pursey) that the success of the Bill depends on co-operation. I agree with what the hon. and gallant Gentleman said about protection. There is not much that one can say about the Bill which has not been said already, but I, too, would like to congratulate the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the...
Sir John Macleod: I do not want that. That is why I am asking the question. It is also why I do not agree with the hon. and gallant Gentleman that the Bill has nothing to do with conservation. That is the most important factor in the Bill. The exclusion of foreign vessels must lead to greater conservation. I hope that it does. I hope that it will also lead to our own trawler-men putting their house in order....
Sir John Macleod: Is it not the case that before the war some fishermen had a closed season during the year?
Sir John Macleod: Does this mean that the countries with which we have agreement can do any type of fishing?