MR. DUNDAS WHITE
To ask the Secretary for Scotland what is the area at West Loch Tarbert in respect of which a monopoly of oyster and mussel fishery was created by the Oyster and Mussel Fisheries (West Loch Tarbert) Order Confirmation Act, 1888; what rent has been paid by the persons who obtained that monopoly; and what 1640 sums have been expended by them on laying down spat or young oysters, or otherwise improving the oyster and mussel beds, during the twenty years that they have had that monopoly.
(Answered by Mr. Sinclair.) The area granted by the West Loch Tarbert Order amounted to 498 imperial acres. The rent paid for the last ten years has amounted to £10, and the annual rent previously was £5. The total sum paid for laying down oysters, etc., during the whole period has been £2,300.