HC Deb 09 March 1920 vol 126 cc1106-7
65. Major W. MURRAY

asked the Secretary for Scotland how many ex-service men and others are now actually in occupation of land as a result of the Scottish Land Settlement Act?


The Land Settlement Act only became law on the 23rd of December. Further land has been acquired since that date and good progress has been made under the schemes which the Board of Agriculture already had in hand in anticipation of the passing of the Act. Out of a total of 419 persons who have been given entry to land since the beginning of 1919 (of whom 305 were new holders), 263 were settled at Martinmas or have been settled since that date. I may add that of the 305 new holders referred to 243 are ex-service men. My hon. and gallant Friend will understand that in normal course entry to the land is given at the Whitsunday and Martinmas terms.