HC Deb 13 November 1893 vol 18 c759
MR. WEIR (Ross and Cromarty)

I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland whether he has received a Petition from a crofter settler, Alexander Young, residing near Saltcoats, Assa, Canada, alleging that he and his family have received ill-treatment from Mr. Borradaile, the agent of the Imperial Colonisation Board; and whether he will cause immediate inquiry to be made by impartial and disinterested persons into the facts of the case, with a view of obtaining redress and compensation?


I have received a Petition from the crofter settler mentioned by the hon. Member. Sir Charles Tupper has, on behalf of the Colonisation Board, whilst recently in Canada, made a special visit of inquiry into the crofters' settlements in Manitoba. The High Commissioner for Canada is on his way back to this country, and, upon his arrival, I shall confer with him in regard to the cases of the crofter settlers, including that of Alexander Young.