§ MR. WILKIE (Dundee)
I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland whether he is aware that at the Blairgowrie, Rattray, and District Water Provisional Order inquiry, held in Edinburgh on July 19th and 20th, the Commissioners passed the Order, not only taking water from, but depriving two flax spinning mills in Blairgowrie of their storage for water, without allowing a compensation clause, such as Section 16 of the Newcastle and Gateshead Waterworks Act of 1894, thereby endangering the employment of fifty people, and the prospective employment of about some thirty more; and whether he proposes to take any steps in the matter.† See (4) Debates, clix., 935.
§ THE SECRETARY FOR SCOTLAND (Mr. SINCLAIR,) Forfarshire
As my hon. friend is aware, the procedure in connection with Orders under the Scottish Procedure Act of 1899 is statutory, and the Secretary for Scotland is not constituted a Court of Appeal from the decision of Commissioners. I will look into the matter he refers to, but I cannot give any pledge.