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Improvement Scheme, Knoydart

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 5 April 1949

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asked the Secretary of State of Scotland what action he proposes to take in regard to the development of the Knoydart peninsula following upon Mr. John Cameron's Report.

Mr. Cameron makes a clear-cut recommendation in favour of the development of Knoydart as a single stock-raising unit with a limited forestry development to be undertaken by the estate. The estate have submitted an improvement scheme under the Hill Farming Act of 1946 and the local hill farming committee have recommended approval of this scheme subject to the working out of details. After further consultation with the Highlands Advisory Panel I have decided to act on these recommendations, as representing the best development of the area from the economic point of view. The improvement scheme will open up the way for the maximum production of beef and mutton of which this area is capable and should enable this maximum to be achieved in the shortest possible time. I share Mr. Cameron's regret that he has not found the area suitable for subdivision into smallholdings but the technical advice at my disposal indicates that even a limited development of this kind could not be carried out at Knoydart with prospects of success.