§ 26. Mr. SHINWELL
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether, in 185 view of the state of employment in the shale area of West Lothian and the distress arising therefrom, he can arrange to provide suitable land in the district for the provision of small holdings and allotments for unemployed persons?
§ Sir J. GILMOUR
The Department of Agriculture for Scotland have recently circularised parish councils in the distressed mining areas in West Lothian urging them to consider the provision of allotments as a means of relieving distress. So far as the provision of small holdings is concerned two schemes have already been formed in the district, and others will be considered as opportunity offers, but I would remind the hon. Member that, owing to the need for negotiations, which may be followed by statutory procedure involving hearings, and to the subsequent need for the provision of buildings and equipment, the creation of small holdings cannot offer a speedy remedy for distress from unemployment.