Sir John Macleod: While my hon. Friend may think that there might be something in the Question, will he ensure that this is not done before the people concerned get electricity?
Sir John Macleod: That is nonsense. If my hon. Friend comes to Ross he will be able to see for himself.
Sir John Macleod: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Sir John Macleod: This is a ludicrous situation which must come to an end. British fishermen are becoming more and more despondent about it, when they see foreign vessels coming into their areas. It is quite ludicrous
Sir John Macleod: Will my hon. Friend ensure that her colleagues take special note of this, because the present system is much more economic for her Department than anything that we can visualise in the near future?
Sir John Macleod: Did the right hon. Gentleman say what area this will cover and whether a link will be supplied for the area in the Outer Isles which will serve the western seaboard of Scotland?
Sir John Macleod: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will immediately enforce the Herring Fishery (Scotland) Act, 1889, as interpreted by the High Court of Justiciary in the case of Mortensen v. Peters, 1906, 5 Adam 121.
Sir John Macleod: Why is the Scottish Office so coy about this? Is it not ridiculous that foreign ships can fish in waters in which our own fishermen cannot fish? Will the hon. Gentleman consult the Foreign Office and the Ministry of Agriculture about taking some action?
Sir John Macleod: Will my hon. Friend see that these schemes are expanded and that the good work that has been done is not lost, because it is important to maintain the quality of the land which has been reclaimed?
Sir John Macleod: Does my right hon. Friend realise the importance of the scheme to these areas and that it as essential that people should know exactly what will happen before the M.A.P. scheme ends?
Sir John Macleod: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware that the new road being built between Torridon and Shieldaig, known as the Balgy Gap road, in Wester Ross is to be constructed as an 11-foot carriageway with passing places; and if he will have it constructed as an 18-foot carriageway instead.
Sir John Macleod: Will my hon. Friend look at this matter again? This road will have to be widened within the next two or three years. It will be a very important tourist road. The price now, with all the men and equipment on the spot, would be £11,000. In two or three years' time it would be £35,000 to £40,000. Surely this is completely false economy.
Sir John Macleod: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give a general direction to the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board to provide a warning system when there is danger of excessive flooding taking place at the lower points of their schemes.
Sir John Macleod: Is my hon. Friend aware that in the recent extensive flooding in the Conon Valley a farmer lost £2,000 worth of stock and a crofter over £1,000 worth of stock in the lower regions? They assure me that if warning had been given they would at least have had some chance of getting that stock out of the way.
Sir John Macleod: Do I take it from that reply that no warning is given when there is extensive flooding in the upper regions of these schemes to people in the lower regions?
Sir John Macleod: Surely some information should be given to the people in the region, not to the police.
Sir John Macleod: Is the Minister aware that there is no morning service out of Inverness and that an inquiry for which the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Grimond) has asked is urgently needed? Would not he agree that if we are to develop these areas, we must surely have modern communications?
Sir John Macleod: It may be that they are well run, but why should these districts be treated in a way totally different from any other district in Scotland? Surely this experiment should be allowed to have some healthy competition within it when my right hon. Friend's own local licensing courts agree that there should be such competition.
Sir John Macleod: On a point of order. In view of the unsatisfactory nature of the reply, I beg to give notice that I shall raise this matter on the Adjournment.
Sir John Macleod: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he received a memorandum stressing the need to accelerate the rate of progress of the improvement of the county road system and other relative matters; and what reply he is making.