§ 69. Major W. MURRAY
asked the Secretary for Scotland whether any of the small holdings at Locharwoods have been awarded or will be awarded to persons dwelling in distant counties; and whether, in view of the large local demand for small holdings which exists in Dumfriesshire, he will consider the advisability of satisfying local requirements before this is done?
§ Mr. MUNRO
Except for two ex-service men who were trained at one of the Lochardwoods farms all the holders selected are Dumfriesshire men. The Board of Agriculture for Scotland in selecting holders always take into account the claims of local applicants, but I am sure my hon. and gallant Friend will appreciate the fact that it would be impracticable, in dealing with ex-service applicants, to exclude from consideration men who do not happen to possess this local qualification, but who are in other respects suitable and are urgently in need of holdings.