HC Deb 03 August 1903 vol 126 cc1285-6
MR. JOHN DEWAR (Inverness)

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether the promised inquiry into the condition of the crofters and cottars in South Uist is now proceeding; and, if so, when the Report may be expected to be issued.


As the hon. Member is aware, the district referred to in the Question has been the subject of anxious and careful consideration by the Secretary for Scotland early in the present year. The Secretary for Scotland had given instructions some time ago for a special inquiry into some matters brought under his notice, but before it could take place letters arrived containing distinct threats of unlawful action, and the Secretary for Scotland felt compelled, though with reluctance, to suspend for a time the instruction he hail given. It is his intention to allow the inquiry to take place at a suitable time, but he is unable to give any assurance in regard either to the date when the inquiry will be held or when the Report may be expected. I ant to add that a good deal will depend on the attitude adopted by those in the island who have endeavoured by threats to secure compliance with their wishes.