§ MR. WEIR (Ross and Cromarty)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, seeing that the last Deer Forest Return issued by the Crown Agent for Scotland was prepared on information obtained from the assessors, will he state whether the assessor for Ross and Cromarty ever visited the Forest of Applecross, and, if so, when; and, in view of the fact that this forest is stated in the Return to contain no more than 37,000 acres, will the assessors be recommended to test the accuracy of any information they may receive in regard to the area of deer forests, by personal inquiry on the spot.
§ THE LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. A. GRAHAM MURRAY,) Buteshire
Perhaps the hon. Member will allow me to answer this Question. I am not aware whether the assessor for Ross and Cromarty visited the forest of Apple-cross or not; but as the question of area is no criterion as to value in the case of a deer forest, I see no reason for any recommendation on the subject.
In reply to a further Question by Mr. WEIR, Mr. A. GRAHAM MURRAY said the value of a deer forest was based on the number of stags killed.