Mr. Russell Johnston
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he will make a statement on the Government's policy concerning the future of hydro-electric development.
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he will make a statement concerning the future programme of hydro-electric projects in Scotland.
Dr. Dickson Mabon
My right hon. Friend hopes to make a statement very shortly.
I welcome this announcement very much.
Is not this one other example of procrastination? We have waited a year for a reply and there is a hold-up of potential investment in the Highlands of £144- million as a result of the delay.
I understand why the hon. Gentleman blushes when he says that in view of the past record of his own Government, which to a large extent caused this delay. Fortunately, my right hon. Friend will be in a position very shortly to make a statement which I hope will find acceptance throughout the House.