§ MR. SHIRESS WILL (Montrose Burghs)
I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether his attention has been directed to the effect of Section 29 of "The Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1889," upon the franchise for School Board purposes in Scotland; and whether, in the case of service franchise occupiers, the entries of annual value now for the first time required to be made in the Valuation Roll by Section 29 of the Act of 1889 do not satisfy the requirements of Schedule B of "The Education (Scotland) Act, 1872," so as to qualify as electors for School Board purposes all service franchise occupiers whose names are entered on the Valuation Roll as occupiers of lands and heritages of the annual value of not less than £4?
§ *THE LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. J. P. B. ROBERTSON,) Bute
In my opinion, the persons referred to in the question of the hon. and learned Gentleman are qualified as electors for School Board purposes. As the Valuation Roll is now made up their names are entered as inhabitant occupiers of lands and heritages of the annual value of not less than £4; and I do not think that the fact that they are described as "inhabitant occupiers," and not simply "occupiers," can be held to derogate from what is otherwise a clear qualification.