§ MR. COLVILLE (Lanark, N.E.)
I beg to ask the Lord Advocate if he is aware that the sum granted to Lanarkshire to meet the deficit in the county rates, caused by the Agricultural Rating Act, is 3s. 5d. in the £ short of the amount required; and, if so, whether it is his intention to see that this amount is made up to the county, so that the ratepayers, who are not agriculturists, may not be required to make good this deficit in the rates?
MR. GRAHAM MURRAY
I am aware that the sums granted under the Agricultural Rates Act throughout Scotland fall short of the amount of relief allowed to the agricultural ratepayer. The Government has the question of the deficiency under consideration in connection with the forthcoming supplementary grant to Scotland.