Mr William Snadden: The townships concerned are all in private ownership.
Mr William Snadden: As my hon. Friend knows from previous replies, it has never been the custom to make public the names of individuals who are in receipt of subsidies or grants. It would be a breach of confidence to do so. I am sorry, but I cannot give him the names. In regard to the second part of my hon. Friend's supplementary question, things are going on well under the Act.
Mr William Snadden: Perhaps, if my hon. Friend were to put that question down, I could give the actual names.
Mr William Snadden: The Hill Lands (North of Scotland) Commission have made considerable progress in examining the problems involved in their remit, and have started to survey areas which promise well for the purpose in view. The questions to be considered are many and various, as my hon. Friend will appreciate, and while I know that the Commission are pursuing their task with vigour, I could not reasonably...
Mr William Snadden: Under existing legislation there are no powers under which assistance can be given towards the improvement of these roads unless the work forms part of an approved scheme under the Hill Farming Act, 1946, and Livestock Rearing Act, 1951.
Mr William Snadden: Fresh legislation would be required for what the hon. Gentleman asks.
Mr William Snadden: It is available under two different sets of legislation at the present time.
Mr William Snadden: Midlothian and Peebles County Councils hope that some 24 and 12 houses, respectively, will be completed in their areas this year under the special agricultural workers' programme. In addition, Midlothian County Council expect to let four houses to agricultural workers from their general housing programme in 1952.
Mr William Snadden: In this area there should be no dissatisfaction with the progress which has been made. We consider it entirely in keeping with the national achievement.
Mr William Snadden: No, Sir. The Committee have not yet presented their Report to my right hon. Friend.
Mr William Snadden: It is understood that the Committee still hope to present their Report during this month.
Mr William Snadden: In the Highland Counties, the Forestry Commission are at present planting at the rate of 11,500 acres a year and they expect to increase this rate to 16,000 acres by 1956. The Commission's aim is to secure the re-afforestation of all felled woodlands in the Highlands as soon as possible: other land is made available for planting only after consultation with the Department of Agriculture for...
Mr William Snadden: We are very well aware of what is happening, especially in Sutherland, and our policy in regard to the Forestry Commission is to do everything possible to get afforestation schemes into the areas to which the hon. Gentleman has referred.
Mr William Snadden: In the first instance, the Forestry Commission indicate where they think they can plant. After that, they have to go to the Secretary of State for Scotland to see whether or not he will agree that the land should be taken.
Mr William Snadden: The right hon. Gentleman may not be aware that the Forestry Commission are already going into some of these islands with afforestation schemes
Mr William Snadden: Several proposals for alternative use of these redundant hostel buildings have been considered from time to time. One at present under consideration is that the hostel should be used as an approved school.
Mr William Snadden: I can give the hon. Member the assurance that the factors to which he has referred are now being considered by the Secretary of State, and that no final decision has, in fact, been taken with regard to this hostel.
Mr William Snadden: No specific cases of this kind have been brought to my right hon. Friend's notice, although he has received representations in general terms that some improper shooting of deer takes place. The right to kill deer is vested in the owners of land, and my right hon. Friend has no power to interfere.
Mr William Snadden: I am not altogether clear what information the hon. Member desires. The current Estimates include, in respect of services with which my right hon. Friend is directly concerned, sums attributable to the Highlands and Islands amounting in all to about £10,500,000. This does not include expenditure met from the rates, from votes for services for which other Ministers are responsible, from...
Mr William Snadden: That is a wider question, involving very large considerations. I have given all the information that is available in the Departments for which my right hon. Friend is responsible.