HC Deb 07 November 1906 vol 164 c558

I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland if his attention has been called to a case in Orkney where a cottar, on a verbal agreement that he would receive consideration for his improvements if his lease was not renewed, on the good faith of such agreement built a dwelling-house, drained and improved the land, is now warned out, forfeits his house, all his improvements, his life's work; and whether, in view of such treatment, he will consider the advisability of making the Small Landowners Bill have retrospective effect from the day of its First Reading.


The facts presented by my hon. friend certainly seem to constitute a hard case; but not, I think, such a case as would justify the consideration of the proposal he puts forward.