HC Deb 22 July 1909 vol 8 cc613-4

asked the Lord Advocate whether any of the Vatersay squatters were allowed to remain in possession of their holdings for a year or more and have recently been removed by the Congested Districts Board; if so, will he say for what reasons they were considered unsuitable to remain on the land?


As the applicants for holdings on Vatersay are more numerous than the holdings available, it was inevitable that a selection should be made and that some should be rejected. In selecting, the Congested Districts Board had regard to relative fitness as judged by such considera- tions as good character, industry, experience and ability to equip, stock, and cultivate a holding. Ten of the Vatersay squatters were rejected, among others, and have been informed by the Congested Districts Board that they cannot obtain holdings. My hon. Friend is, of course, under a misapprehension if he suggests that the Congested Districts Board allowed them to remain in possession for a year or more.