HC Deb 26 April 1909 vol 4 c16

asked the Lord Advocate, in view of the fact that quite recently the Congested Districts Board had expended the sum of £86,250 for the purpose of acquiring 48,500 acres of land in Inverness-shire for the settlement of the people, whereas there had been no expenditure for a like purpose in the other crofting counties, would he state whether there was no prospect of the law-abiding crofters and cottars in those counties haying their grievances dealt with until they, too, took forcible possession of the land in the manner adopted by the people of Barra, Vatersay, and other districts in Inverness-shire?


As my hon. Friend is aware, the present Government is not responsible for the expenditure of £80,000 out of the £86,250 referred to. I must, on behalf of the Government, repudiate the suggestion contained in the concluding part of the question, the responsibility for which must rest with my hon. Friend.