HC Deb 17 December 1906 vol 167 cc1001-2

To ask the Secretary for Scotland, having regard to the fact that the vast majority of the 20,839 agricultural holdings in the Highland crofting counties with rentals not in excess of £30 were brought into cultivation and the buildings erected by the tenants or their forefathers without any expense whatever to the landlords, will he consider the expediency of arranging for tenants of this class to have a first claim for loans under the Small Landholders (Scotland) Bill, for the purpose of improving or rebuilding the houses on their holdings.

(Answered by Mr. Sinclair.) The subject of loans will, no doubt, require consideration; and I can, at present give no further indication of policy in regard to it.