HC Deb 29 April 1907 vol 173 cc540-1
MR. LAMONT (Buteshire)

I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland whether the position of the Agricultural Commissioners under the Small Landholders (Scotland) Bill will be of a political: character; and, if not, whether, in view of the fact that thy systematic develop-merit of agricultural education, co-operation, and organisation is vital to the success of small holdings, and in view of the services rendered in this field by Sir Horace Plunkett in Ireland, he will consider the desirability of inviting Sir Horace to accept the position of Agricultural Commissioner in Scotland.


The answer to the first portion of my hon. friend's Question is in the negative; and if it is his intention to assure me that Sir Horace Plunkett is likely to desire to become a candidate for one of these appointments I have to say that I shall be glad to consider the suggestion at a later date. In the meantime, and until the Bill has passed through Parliament, the Question seems premature.