§ Mr. JAMES HOGGE
I wish to ask the Secretary for Scotland a question, of which I have given him private notice: Whether he is now in a position to state if there is any truth in the rumour that certain landless cottars have seized the Island of Taransay, and can he give the House any particulars?
Mr. McKINNON WOOD
I have received a telegram from the Commissioner, who has just returned. There has been considerable exaggeration with regard to the alleged seizure of the island. I believe there is some truth in the story, and certain cottars have started planting potatoes on the island. I do not think it is a matter of very great importance. I think it is a case where the Board of Agriculture have prepared a scheme for settling these cottars, although the scheme has not yet been sanctioned.