HC Deb 25 June 1888 vol 327 c1129
MR. A. SUTHERLAND (Sutherland)

asked the Lord Advocate, Whether he is aware that Mr. Sutherland, proprietor of the Skibo estate in Sutherlandshire, has refused to accept from his tenants the rents fixed by the Commission appointed under Act of Parliament for that purpose, or refused to give a clear receipt for the said rent when duly offered to him; and that he threatens them with proceedings in the Court of Session unless they pay the old rent; and, whether the Government will take any steps for the protection of the tenants in this case?

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

I am not aware of the facts stated in the Question. Assuming them to be correct, the matter involved is one that can only be decided by a competent Court of Law; and her Majesty's Government have no power to interfere.