Sir John Macleod: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will arrange for fishery protection vessels to give increased protection against illegal trawling, which is taking place in the Gairloch area of Wester Ross.
Sir John Macleod: Is my right hon. Friend aware that I have been in correspondence for some time with the Joint Under-Secretary of State on this matter? Does he realise that it is often disastrous for local fishermen, when the bottom of the inshore waters is scraped in the way which is being done at present? Illegal trawling is being carried an. Will my right hon. Friend ensure that at least for the next two...
Sir John Macleod: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why he has refused authority to Mrs. L. S. Thomson, Salford Hotel, Invergordon, for the sale and supply of excisable liquor under the Licensing Act, 1949.
Sir John Macleod: Does my right hon. Friend realise that this is a disgraceful injustice? There is only one licensed hotel in Invergordon. This complete monopoly of State control in the area must be broken. It is intolerable that this should go on and that competition should not be allowed. Further, does my right hon. Friend realise that the local licensing authority said that the licence should be granted?...
Sir John Macleod: In view of the unsatisfactory reply, I give notice that I shall try to raise the matter on the Adjournment.
Sir John Macleod: Is my hon. Friend aware that there is feeling among people of all political persuasions, certainly in my constituency, that this is quite wrong?
Sir John Macleod: Does my hon. Friend appreciate that the majority of the people in the Highlands do not want Butlin camps? There are much pleasanter recreations there than having a Butlin camp.
Sir John Macleod: I agree with what the hon. Gentleman has said about high charges in some instances, but he will agree that the season is very short for these Highland hotels and that they are bound to charge more than they would like to do because they have to cover expenses for the year.
Sir John Macleod: I will not detain the House for very long. I join the hon. Member for Glasgow, Govan (Mr. Rankin) in congratulating the hon. Member for Perth and East Perthshire (Mr. MacArthur) on his maiden speech, and on the knowledgeable way in which it was delivered. I welcome this opportunity to say a few words because of the ever-increasing importance of the tourist industry to Scotland, particularly...
Sir John Macleod: Has my right hon. Friend's attention been drawn to the Motion on the Order Paper in the names of several hon. Members and myself on the subject of State management districts? Will he allow time for this matter to be discussed in the House, since there are certain districts treated quite differently from other districts although the reasons for any such difference have changed long since?
Sir John Macleod: I am not raising this evening the wider issue against State management as I have on the Order Paper a Motion, which is signed by myself and a large number of my hon. Friends and Members of the Opposition, and which protests against the gross injustice which permits the State management areas to be treated differently from other districts in Scotland many years after the reason for bringing in...
Sir John Macleod: Has the principle ever been departed from?
Sir John Macleod: Will my right hon. Friend allow me to make one last point? Mrs. Thomson caters almost entirely for the tourist industry at present, and she has to keep her hotel open all the year round. If she had a licence, it would enable her to cater fully for tourists in the summer.
Sir John Macleod: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when the Fleck Report is likely to be published.
Sir John Macleod: Why is this Report taking so long to complete? Surely my hon. Friend appreciates that there is uncertainty about the future of the fishing industry and developments which are taking place? It is important that we should have this Report. Is it nearing completion?
Sir John Macleod: Nobody north of Inverness.
Sir John Macleod: The Starlight Express as well.
Sir John Macleod: I also welcome this final opportunity to ask the Government to reconsider their intention not to intervene in the decision of the British Transport Commission which will be implemented on 13th June. This is our last chance to make representations. The meagre attendance in the House today shows how difficult it is for the small number of Highland Members, representing such a large area of...
Sir John Macleod: It does not include, which was one of the points I made, tickets bought in the south; that is, people travelling on the line who bought their tickets outside the area.
Sir John Macleod: Is that correct? I understand that £235,000 would be saved by dieselisation.