HC Deb 15 April 1926 vol 194 cc480-1

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether his attention has been called to the urgency of providing land for small holdings in South Harris; whether he is aware that ex-service men have had their ducks and goats poinded for straying upon the large farms and estates; and if he will say what steps he is taking to make land available for cultivation by the smallholders in South Harris?

The LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. Watson)

My right hon. Friend has no information as to the alleged poinding of straying stocks. As regards the remainder of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which my right hon. Friend gave yesterday to his question on the subject of land settlement in Harris, where, I would remind him, land suitable for sub-division and close settlement is very limited, a fact which led the Board of Agriculture for Scotland three years ago to migrate a number of Harris men to holdings at Talisker, in Skye.


Is it the case that 400 men in Harris are now out of work and have no insurance benefit and no opportunities or means whatever of making a livelihood for themselves unless the Board of Agriculture provide land?


The hon. Member will perhaps put down that question.