§ MR. WEIR (Ross and Cromarty)
To ask the Secretary for Scotland if he will state the approximate rent or the assessed value of the land known as Battery Park, Stornoway, prior to the Congested Districts Board taking it over ; and the rent now charged for the same land on which twenty-nine fishermen's houses have been built by the Congested Districts Board.
(Answered by Mr. Sinclair.) The Secretary for Scotland is not aware of the approximate rent of Battery Park, Stornoway, before it was feued for fishermen's houses; the Congested Districts Board have not taken over this land, which was feued in parcels of about a quarter of an acre by the superior directly to the twenty-nine fishermen whose houses are built on it. The rent takes the form of feu duty paid by the fishermen, which is at the rate of £4 an acre, being the lowest sum which the Court of Session could allow. The transaction is fully explained at page xiii. of the Seventh Report of the Congested Districts Board.