HC Deb 04 June 1883 vol 279 c1625

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, If the Government will instruct the Royal Commission at present in the North inquiring into the Crofter question to visit Easter Boss, for the purpose of investigating the seizing, about fourteen years ago, of a piece of land known as the "Commonty," under an action of division, and the evictions which followed said action; whether the Government will introduce a Bill for the repeal of the Act authorising the division of commonties by adjacent proprietors; and, whether the Royal Commission will inquire into the treatment of the tenants at Easter Ross in the matter of compensation for unexhausted improvements?


I have no power to instruct the Royal Commission to any other effect than the Instruction contained in the Commission itself. Of course, the Committee will go to any such places as they think will require the investigation they are required to make. As to the Act about which the hon. Member asks me, I have inquired of those who are well acquainted with Scotch affairs, and they have not been able to inform me what Act is referred to by the hon. Member. If he gives some further detail about it, I shall endeavour to answer it.