§ MR. WEIR
I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland whether, owing to the fact that the fair rents fixed by the Crofters' Commission in the Keose, Kershader, and other districts of the Island of Lewis, some time ago, have, by reason of the depreciation in the price of stock and the failure of the crops, become impossible rents, steps will be taken at an early date for the Crofters' Commission to again visit the district for the purpose of re-valuing the land and fixing fair rents?
§ THE SECRETARY FOR SCOTLAND (Sir G. TREVELYAN,) Glasgow, Bridgeton
The proposal of the hon. Member cannot very well be entertained at present. Under Section 6, Sub-section (2) of the Crofters' Act, 1886, the rent fixed by the Crofters' Commission shall be deemed to be the rent payable by the crofter as from the first term of Whitsunday or Martinmas next succeeding the decision of the Crofters' Commission, and shall come in place of the present rent, and, save by mutual agreement, the fixed rent shall not be altered for a period of seven years from such term.