§ MR. JOHN DEWAR (Inverness)
I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland if his attention has been directed to the agitation among the crofters and cottars in South Uist and Barra; and if he 97 proposes to introduce legislation at an early day to remedy the grievances complained of.
§ * THE SECRETARY FOR SCOTLAND (Mr. SINCLAIR,) Forfarshire
The proceedings referred to are under my observation. As the hon. Member knows, the Government have announced their intention of amending and extending the Crofters' Act with a view to ameliorating the general condition of the crofter population.
§ MR. JOHN DEWAR
asked whether the Congested Districts Board have made any progress in regard to the settlement of crofters and cottars on lands in South Uist.
§ * MR. SINCLAIR
The negotiations have been unexpectedly difficult and protracted, but an agreement has now been adjusted for the creation of new holdings on the farms of Kilbride and Glendale. The farm of Gerinish, which the proprietrix is willing to deal with in a similar way, is not out of lease until Whitsunday, 1907.
§ MR. WEIR (Ross and Cromarty)
Are we to understand that a Bill to amend the Crofters Act will be brought in at an early date?