HC Deb 25 February 1907 vol 169 cc1263-4

I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland if he will state when he intends to present to Parliament a Return showing the number of persons in the Highland crofting counties who are deprived of the school board franchise by reason of their rentals not exceeding £4; and, seeing that these persons are entitled to vote at Parliamentary and county council elections, will he arrange for them to secure the school board franchise under the Scottish Education Bill which he proposes to introduce this session.


The Return of Occupiers of Farms (Scotland), ordered by the House of Commons on 18th December last, is in course of preparation, but the information given by it on the point referred to by the hon. Member will not be exhaustive, as it is confined to occupiers of farms. This, however, I do not so much regret, as the amendment of the law which the hon. Member desires depends rather on a question of principle than on figures. The hon. Member's suggestion that the matter might be dealt with in the Education Bill will be taken into consideration.