HC Deb 01 November 1909 vol 12 c1440

asked whether, having regard to the fact that the crops of the crofters of Ardcharich, on the estate of Inverlael, Lochbroom, Ross-shire, suffer from the inroads of deer from the adjoining deer forest, the property of Mr. W. Ewing Gilmour, of Woodbank, Alexandria, Dumbarton, and that letters addressed to him on the subject are ignored, the Congested Districts Board will provide funds to enable crofters who are thus aggrieved, and without means, to prosecute the claim for compensation to which they are entitled under Section 2 of The Agricultural Holdings Act, 1906, especially bearing in mind that the Congested Districts Board are empowered to provide money in aid of agriculture under Section 4, Subsection (a), of The Congested Districts (Scotland) Act, 1897?


The statement of facts in my hon. Friend's question must rest upon his own authority; in any case it is clear that the Congested Districts Board's funds cannot be utilised for the purposes suggested.


Will the people whose crops have been destroyed be within their rights in poisoning the deer who eat their crops; and, if so, will the Congested Districts Board provide a supply of poison for the purpose?