§ 30. Mr. SULLIVAN
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the number of small holdings allotted in the County of Lanark since the year 1919 to 1926, the number of persons placed thereon, and the acreage of land involved?
§ Sir J. GILMOUR
No small holdings have been constituted by the Board of Agriculture for Scotland in the County of Lanark during the period specified by the hon. Member. With a view to meeting the claims of suitable applicants in the county schemes of settlement have been proposed but were not found practicable for various reasons, among which I might mention the risk of damage through subsidence caused by mineral workings. The claims of Lanarkshire applicants are being taken into consideration in the selection of holders for settlement on schemes in other districts and 36 of them have been settled on schemes in adjoining counties during the period mentioned in the question.
§ Mr. SULLIVAN
Is it not a great reflection from the Secretary of State that no small holdings have been allotted to the County of Lanark for seven years?
§ 31. Mr. SULLIVAN
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the number of unemployed registered at the Employment Exchanges in the County of Lanark on the 30th April, 1926, and the 30th April, 1921?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of LABOUR (Mr. Betterton)
I have been asked to reply. At 26th April, 1926, there were 83,653 persons on the registers of Employment Exchanges in the County of Lanark as compared with 100,876 at 29th April, 1921.