asked the Lord Advocate, Whether it is true that, four years ago, the Town Council of Leith received a loan of £100,000 from the Imperial Exchequer under the Artizans' Dwellings (Scotland) Act; how much has been repaid in interest and instalments; and, how many artizans' dwellings have been erected, or are in course of erection, in connection with the scheme?
THE LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. J. B. BALFOUR)
Under the Leith improvement scheme the town has received from the Public Works Loan Commissioners, in 1881, £50,000; in 1883, £20,000; in 1884, £30,000—in all, £100,000. There has been repaid in instalments £6,563. Interest has been paid amounting to £6,620. No artizans' dwellings have been erected, or are in course of erection, the Town Council having failed hitherto to obtain suitable offers for the ground which they have exposed for the purpose of feuing.