HC Deb 04 July 1899 vol 73 cc1418-9

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether the Secretary for Scotland is aware that in an action re- cently raised by Mr. R. S. Wilmot-Sitwell, of Strathkyle, Ross-shire, against William MacLeod, a decision of the Crofters' Commission, under which MacLeod had been held to be a crofter within the meaning of the Act, has been set aside by the First Division of the Court of Session; and will he consider the expediency of introducing such legislation as may be necessary to render decisions of the Crofters' Commission final.


I have already stated, in reply to a question by the hon. Member in April last, that the Secretary for Scotland cannot undertake to introduce any legislation on the subject referred to, and I should wish to add that it is, in my judgment, quite impossible, consonant with the ordinary principles of liberty, to take away the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court in questions of ultra vires