§ MR. MARJORIBANKS (Berwickshire)
I bear to ask the Lord Advocate 1269 whether he is aware that the Boundary Commissioners for Scotland, at their sit ting held at Duns on the 14th ultimo, intimated that, in their opinion, they had no power to deal with the boundaries of counties except in the case of detached portions; and whether this intimation is in accordance with the provisions of Section 45 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act, and with his own statements as to the powers and duties of the Boundary Commission made in the House of Commons on 8th April, 1889?
*ME. J. P. B. ROBERTSON
I am informed by the Chairman of the Boundary Commission that the Commissioners did not make the broad statement contained in the first branch of the question. The import of the Commissioners' statement was, that they did not propose to undertake a general straightening of overhauling of county boundaries, although they were prepared to deal with them in instances where, owing to parishes being situated in more counties than one, or owing to the detachment of parts of counties and parishes, such a rectification seemed to be necessary or advantageous.