MR. FRASEE-MACKINTOSH (Inverness-shire)
asked the Lord Advocate, Whether he is aware that the Sheriff-Substitute of the Long Island District of Inverness-shire, notwithstanding his having to sit in judgment in causes arising between landlord and tenant, such as poaching, rents, evictions, and the like, has for years accepted from the proprietor of the island of North Uist, the privileges of free shooting and fishing in that island, a part of the Long Island District; and, whether he will cause an inquiry to be made into the matter with the view of issuing orders that no judges be permitted to accept such gifts within the districts under their official jurisdiction?
THE LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. J. H. A, MACDONALD) (Edinburgh and St. Andrews Universities)
I believe it to be the fact that the same courtesy is extended to the Sheriff-Substitute of the Long Island District, in the matter of sport, as is very usually granted to other Resident Sheriffs throughout Scotland. I have no intention of interfering with ordinary social courtesies in the manner suggested, and, indeed, have no power to issue any orders on such a matter.