§ MR. A. JOHNSTON
said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, Whether his attention has been drawn to a paragraph in the ''Report of the Progress of the Ordnance Survey," lately issued, which paragraph set forth that the Scotch Survey has been "greatly retarded" by obstacles thrown in the way of Her Majesty's Sappers by the owners of Deer Forests; and, whether he will instruct the Officers conducting the said Survey to exercise unreservedly the powers conferred on them by the Act 4 & 5 Vict., c. 30, s. 2; and, if not, whether he will give orders indefinitely to postpone the Survey on Estates where obstacles continue to be made in its way?
§ MR. CARDWELL
said, in reply, that the powers given to the Ordnance Survey were very extensive, and they were in general conducted with a due regard to the convenience of the proprietors of the land. With regard to the particular matter to which the hon. Member alluded, he had communicated with Sir Henry James, at the head of the Survey Department, and had received a note from that gentleman, in which he said that no one could impute blame to the proprietors for objecting to the survey being conducted on their land at a particular portion of the year. He hoped, therefore, that means would be found to conduct the survey with a due regard to the rights and interests of the proprietors of the soil.