Sir John Macleod: I think it was a pity that this Bill and the M.A.P. grants should have been so closely mixed up. That certainly confused a great many farmers in the first instance and I think it was a mistake by the Government. However, I certainly welcome the concession made in the statement by the Secretary of State today because I hope it means that he has taken note of all the representations which have...
Sir John Macleod: Do not talk nonsense; they have been made very widely and many of my constituents are seriously worried about the matter. There is no doubt that in my constituency, a Highland constituency, great use has been made of M.A.P. That little addition has meant a great deal, particularly in the remote area where transport charges mean an increased burden on those benefiting from M.A.P. I hope my...
Sir John Macleod: asked the Postmaster-General when there will be an extension of television and very high frequency reception to the western seaboard of Ross and Cromarty.
Sir John Macleod: Is my right hon. Friend aware that people in this area are not getting the service to which they are entitled owing to the heavy extra financial burden put upon them? Cannot he look at this problem again very carefully, because I feel that he will agree that something must be done?
Sir John Macleod: The population is small, too.
Sir John Macleod: rose—
Sir John Macleod: What would be the cost of production in this scheme as opposed to the hydro-electric scheme?
Sir John Macleod: I have no intention of going into the technical details of this matter, as I am not qualified to do so. My information is similar to that of the right hon. Member for East Stirlingshire (Mr. Woodburn). I hope the right hon. Gentleman has convinced the House that the Board's scheme is the cheapest form of producing electricity. I believe that hydro-electric schemes are still necessary,...
Sir John Macleod: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the number, and the names, of the official bodies responsible for advising him in the seven Crofter Counties.
Sir John Macleod: Can my right hon. Friend say how many other bodies there are, because surely there is a lot of unnecessary duplication and overlapping of work, and there should be much greater co-ordination even between the bodies he has mentioned?
Sir John Macleod: Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is a plan to pull down a very large hotel in Strathpeffer, and will he bring that to the notice of the Scottish Tourist Board?
Sir John Macleod: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what action he now proposes to take to deal with the control of deer in the Highlands of Scotland, as a result of his further consideration of this matter.
Sir John Macleod: As there has been such long discussion on this matter, what is holding things up? What are the points of difference?
Sir John Macleod: Does this question not show the unhappy relationship between the Herring Industry Board and the fishermen?
Sir John Macleod: Will my hon. Friend look at this question again, on which I have sent him cases? There are instances of great hardship among those who have to stay away for nights. This sort of thing should be taken into consideration, because it is definitely hampering people from getting the full benefit of the Health Service.
Sir John Macleod: The hon. Member for Shoreditch and Finsbury (Mr. Collins) will not expect me, at this stage, to cover the wide field he has traversed in raising such questions as the Price Review. I want to be very brief in my speech and deal with matters in the Bill, as I know that other hon. Members are anxious to take part in the debate. I represent a Highland constituency in which there are many...
Sir John Macleod: I do not know.
Sir John Macleod: There is no doubt that the general tenor of speeches from the Opposition has been that we must keep these compulsory powers or we shall not get full efficiency from the agricultural community. I do not believe that that is the case at all. I do not want to go over the arguments. They were put very cogently by the hon. and learned Member for Cardigan (Mr. Bowen). On the question of rents, I...
Sir John Macleod: Mr. John MacLeodrose——
Sir John Macleod: Can my hon. Friend ask the Board to arrange some programme when various people will be likely to get electricity connection in the more remote areas, as at present it appears that many of them will have to wait for many years?