HC Deb 07 November 1921 vol 148 cc12-3
73. Major W. MURRAY

asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he is aware that the unemployed in Scotland tend to remove to the cities and country towns, and whether, in connection with the proposals under consideration for special assistance to those undertaking land drainage and reclamation, he can by any means remove the difficulties obstructing burgh councils from reclaiming land out-with their boundaries for the relief of unemployment?

The LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. Morison)

With regard to the first part of the question, I have no definite information, but I think it probable that in some cases there may be a movement such as that indicated. As regards the second part of the question, legislation would be required if the powers of town councils to acquire land compulsorily were to be extended, and this is not contemplated in the meantime. I would, however, remind my hon. and gallant Friend of the powers of compulsory acquisition of land for reclamation contained in the Development and Road Improvement Funds Act, 1909, which may suffice for the purpose which he has in view.