HC Deb 23 October 1902 vol 113 c613

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether, in view of the creation of new holdings in Barra that took place in the early part of the year, he will take steps to encourage the creation of similar holdings in the Island of Lewis and other congested areas of the Western Highlands; and will he state whether he will arrange to open negotiations with the proprietor of the Island of Lewis and other landlords with a view to the acquisition of the necessary land.


The circumstances now existing in the Island of Lewis are not in all respects parallel to those in the Island of Barra. It does not follow that the experiment tried in the latter island by the Congested Districts Board for ameliorating the condition of the people, and which they hope in course of time will be successful in attaining that object, would be equally suitable to the Island of Lewis. They do not at present think they can usefully open negotiations of the kind suggested by the hon. Member.