Sir John Macleod: Does my right hon. Friend realise that at the present rate it will take forty-three years and thirty four years respectively to bring trunk and Class 1 roads even up to the required standard and that the rate of progress is not keeping pace with the increased traffic? Is it not time that we had a comprehensive road programme which should be carried out with a sense of urgency?
Sir John Macleod: Apart from the question of extending limits, is it not intolerable that foreign trawlers may come into areas where our own fishermen may not fish? When is this to be stopped?
Sir John Macleod: Will not approval be given to new schemes until the Mackenzie Report has been published?
Sir John Macleod: asked the Minister of Aviation if he will make a statement on the future of air services in the north of Scotland.
Sir John Macleod: Will my hon. Friend bear in mind that it is essential to the development of this rather neglected area that we should maintain and extend these services for the future well-being of the area?
Sir John Macleod: My right hon. Friend will recall that B.E.A. took over from private enterprise which was doing quite well on the Inverness routes, and it therefore has a very serious obligatio to keep these services going and to extend them.
Sir John Macleod: Will the Minister really press for this reply to be given more precisely to the county council? This is a very serious matter indeed. It affects the small fishermen and crofter fishermen who have virtually no protection in some of their waters.
Sir John Macleod: Will my hon. Friend make sure that there are no financial cuts in this very important expenditure?
Sir John Macleod: As these are expensive ships to keep, is there any reason why there should not be a permanent steel structure?
Sir John Macleod: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why the Glen Nevis Hydro-Electric Scheme is being delayed until after the Mackenzie Committee has reported.
Sir John Macleod: Is my right hon. Friend aware that that is a very unsatisfactory reply? The holding up of these hydroelectric schemes is preventing the development of the country's natural resources to deal with these problems of peak-load through the ever-increasing demand for electricity. Thermal stations can never replace that, apart from the wider issue of retarding the development of Highland economy.
Sir John Macleod: When does my right hon. Friend expect the Mackenzie Committee to report?
Sir John Macleod: Before the Minister replies, is it not rather surprising—
Sir John Macleod: Is it not rather surprising that the hon. Member for Leeds, West (Mr. C. Pannell) has not the graciousness to inform the hon. Member for Ross and Cromarty—myself—that he intended to put this Question on the Order Paper and that at no time has he ever asked me personally for my support, although my interest in industrial development in the Highlands is well known? Further, is the Minister...
Sir John Macleod: I was pointing out that the hon. Member for Leeds, West must be pleased about this extra employment which is to be provided by this purchaser.
Sir John Macleod: Surely I am entitled to object most strongly to that and to ask the hon. Member to withdraw it, because what he said is not the case at all.
Sir John Macleod: On a point of order. I strongly object even to that. There is no foundation for that.
Sir John Macleod: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will now consider taking steps to close the Moray Firth and the Minch to foreign trawlers.
Sir John Macleod: It is quite ridiculous that foreign vessels should be allowed to fish these grounds and that our own fishermen should be denied them. Cannot my hon. Friend treat this matter with far more urgency?
Sir John Macleod: I beg to ask leave to present a Petition on behalf of the majority of the residents of Invergordon in my constituency. The Petition draws attention to the anomaly that the local licensing authority is treated quite differently from any other licensing authority, except Dumfries, in Scotland. It showeth that the Petitioners are aggrieved by the decision of the Secretary of State for Scotland...