§ 82. Mr. MacKENZIE LIVINGSTONE
asked the Secretary for Scotland whether, in view of the exceptional circumstances which prevail in the Western Isles, he will arrange that a part of the recent grant of £100,000 will be set aside for the purpose of giving free seed oats and seed 2132 potatoes to really necessitous crofters in order that they may not be dependent upon private charity?
I would refer to my replies yesterday to the right hon. Member for Argyllshire, in which I gave particulars of the measures that are being taken. I have no reason to suppose that those measures will be inadequate to meet the situation. I cannot consent to set aside for the benefit of a particular district any part of the funds provided by the Government, and I am not prepared to assent to the suggestion that the assistance which the Government is giving may not suitably be supplemented, where necessary, from other sources.