HC Deb 17 July 1923 vol 166 cc2031-2

asked the Under-Secretary to the Scottish Board of Health what are the intentions of his Department with reference to the Report of the Game and Heather Burning Committee; and if he is aware that continual complaints are being made of the destruction of farmers' crops by deer and other game?

Captain ELLIOT

My Noble Friend has the Report of the Committee in view, but looking to the pressure upon the time of Parliament he does not see any prospect of legislation on the subject this Session. My Noble Friend has no reason to suppose that complaints are general or that serious damage is being caused by deer or other game.


Owing to the unsatisfactory nature of that answer, I beg to give notice that I will raise this question on the Motion for the Adjournment to-night.


Is it not a fact that a very large proportion of the rates are paid by the shooting tenants in Scotland, and that the rates are very largely dependent on the proper burning of heather and preservation of game in Scotland?


The hon. and gallant Member should put that question on the Paper.