HC Deb 12 September 1887 vol 321 cc266-7
MR. A. SUTHERLAND (Sutherland)

asked the Lord Advocate, Whether all the ratepayers entered on the Valuation Roll at £4 and upwards, in the parishes of Kilmuir and Snizort, in the Island of Skye, have been entered on the Parliamentary Register, whereas in the parishes of Portree, Durinish, and others, only those who have paid their rates have been so entered; whether the tenant can be disfranchised through the default of the landlord; and, whether this default of the landlord is the main cause of the disfranchisement of 4,000 electors in the Counties of Inverness and Ross?

THE LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. J. H. A. MACDONALD) (Edinburgh and St. Andrew's Universities)

All the ratepayers in Kilmuir and Snizort have not been entered in the Parliamentary Register. Only those who have paid their rates have been entered, and there are a considerable number in all the parishes mentioned who have not paid. If these parties are in any way aggrieved, the proper course is for them to lodge a claim in the Registration Court. All the electors, however small the valuation, are separately entered in the Valuation Roll, and receive notice to pay from the Inspector of Poor. I do not, therefore, see that there is anyone responsible for their disfranchisement but themselves.