§ MR. ANSTRUTHER (, &c.) St. Andrew's
I beg to ask the Lord Advocate, with reference to the Terms Removal (Scotland) Act, and to an answer given on the 25th May last year, by the hon. Member for Wigtonshire (Sir Herbert Maxwell) on behalf of his predecessor in office, whether the Government is aware that the grievance then complained of was accentuated and more widely felt at the Martinmas term last year, and was again revived at Whitsunday last; and whether the Government has now before it sufficient evidence of the inconvenience and uncertainty then referred to to warrant its taking steps to remove them?
§ *THE LORD ADVOCATE (Sir C. J. PEARSON,) Edinburgh and St. Andrew's Universities
I am informed that since the answer referred to by my hon. Friend was given, the County of Orkney and the Burgh of Kirkwall are the only Public Bodies who have made representations to the Secretary for Scotland on this matter. I am afraid that the experience of the result of the recent legislation on the subject does not encourage a renewal of the attempt to amend the law until a much wider expression of local opinion in the various districts of Scotland has been obtained.