HC Deb 20 July 1926 vol 198 cc1029-30

asked the Secretary for Scotland what sum remains available under the Land Settlement Act, 1919, for the establishment of small holdings in Scotland; what other funds, if any, are annually available for this purpose; and whether he proposes to introduce a Bill to ensure the regular and continuous development of this policy?


With regard to the first two parts of the question I would refer to the reply given to the hon. and learned Member for Orkney and Shetland (Sir It. Hamilton) on 5th May last, in which I stated that the balance of funds provided under the Land Settle- ment (Scotland) Act, 1919, available for expenditure in land settlement schemes as at 31st March last, was approximately £79,500, and that this would be augmented by an annual provision within the limits of the Agriculture (Scotland) Fund amounting in the current year to £175,000. With regard to the last part of the question, I think that existing legislation is sufficient meantime to ensure the end desired by the hon. Member.


Does not the right hon. Gentleman propose to introduce legislation to afford the Scottish small holder the same opportunity of purchasing the land as the English small holder will have?


I think the opportunity exists at the present time.