§ 59. Major MACKENZIE WOOD
asked the Secretary for Scotland how many men settled on holdings by the Board of Agriculture for Scotuand have not yet had their rents finally fixed: and how-many men have given up their holdings or are under notice to quit because they would not agree to the rents proposed by the Board?
§ Mr. MUNRO
Rents have not been finally fixed in 178 eases for reasons which I will give in my Statement on Land Settlement this afternoon. Fifteen holders have given up their holdings, and in four cases notice to quit has been served because the holders declined to accept the usual conditions of let which other holders on the same estate accepted. Probably the burden of the rent and building loan annuity influenced the holders in some or all of these cases, but other considerations may also have influenced their decision.
§ 60. Major WOOD
asked the Secretary for Scotland how many applicants for holdings settled by the Board of Agriculture since 1st January, 1922, were given only yearly tenancies; how many of these yearly tenancies have since been given the tenure of landholders under the Small Landholders (Scotland) Act, 1911: and how many of these yearly tenants have given up their holdings or are under notice to quit because they declined, on being given landholders' tenure, to take over the buildings on their holdings at the Board's valuation?
§ 61. Major WOOD
asked the Secretary for Scotland how many applicants for small holdings in Scotland have been settled under the Board of Agriculture schemes since 1st January, 1919, till the latest date for which statistics are available; how many of those settled in that time are ex-service men; how many applications from ex-service men are not yet disposed of; and how many applications have been written off as disposed of because the applicants declined to accept the holdings offered on the terms offered by the Board?
§ Mr. MUNRO
During the period from 1st January, 1919, to 30th June, 1922. entry to new holdings and enlargements has been given by the Board of Agriculture for Scotland to 1,962 applicants, including 1,194 ex-service men. The number of outstanding applications from ex-service men is 4,363, of which number, however, 25 to 30 per cent. are believed 2279 to be ineffective. No applications have been written off as disposed of because the applicants declined to accept holdings on the terms on which they were offered by the Board.