§ MR. JOHN DEWAR (Inverness)
To ask the Secretary for Scotland if he: is aware that the crofting township of Glasphein, in Glendale, Skye, belonging to the Congested Districts Board, is so seriously congested that the peat banks are practically exhausted, and that the neighbouring proprietor, who last year kindly granted permission for the crofters to take their supply of peats from his property, has this year prevented them from doing so; and if he will give instruction that the Congested Districts Board shall take steps to see that fresh peat ground is provided for their tenants on another part of their estate.
(Answered by Mr. Sinclair.) I am informed that the facts are as stated. The Congested Districts Board are unable to insist that other townships having peat banks on their own common pasture should admit the crofters of Glasphein but any difficulties that may arise might best be dealt with by the Crofters Commission coming to an understanding with the tenants with whom arrangements have been made for purchase of holdings.